New CT unit boosts capacity by 25 percent, increases imaging efficiency

Photo L-R: Trevor London, manager, imaging services; David Gaffney, director, imaging services; Tim Vargas, McLaren Macomb COO; Mike Adams, CT lead technologist; Dr. Karl Doelle, radiologist and medical director of imaging services

When the Wayne and Joan Webber Emergency and Trauma Center opened in the summer, one of the features was an on-site CT scanner with room for a second.

The new 128-slice unit boasts a lower radiation dose (60-80 percent lower) while still producing high-quality images, with 43-80 percent image detectability.

The addition of this second unit in the emergency department marks the fourth fixed CT unit in McLaren Macomb, increasing the hospital’s CT imaging capacity by 25 percent. This will allow for an alleviation of imaging case congestion, increasing the department’s efficiency and freeing up other units for procedures.

This project is the result of a multidisciplinary team collaboration, motivated to benefit patient care and experience.