Mercy invests in advanced 64-slice CT scanner
Mercy is committed to providing daily excellence in healthcare through new technology that enhances patient care and outcomes. That's why we've invested $1.7 million in the 64-slice CT scanner - to bring the most advanced imaging and diagnostic technology to patients in the Sacramento area.
The 64-slice CT scanner gives doctors a very precise tool to catch disease at an earlier stage and gives surgeons more data, faster, as they head into the OR. Some patients can avoid more invasive tests by having a CT scan that can be done in a fraction of the time.
The 64-slice CT scanner is four times faster than the other (16-slice) CT scanners that exist in the community, and can perform a full-body scan between eight and 20 seconds. That means more patients (either Emergency patients or patients admitted by their doctors) will have access to the scanner.
The cardiac component of the scanner also allows doctors, for the first time, to have something fast enough to capture still images of a beating heart - eliminating the blurring of motion and providing a non-invasive alternative to conventional angiograms and cardiac cath lab procedures.