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News: Centegra Memorial Medical Center Announces Advanced New CT Scan Technology

Centegra Memorial Medical Center has recently added the new SOMATOM Sensation CT scanner from Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc. to their growing medical imaging department. The new 64-slice CT scanner will improve diagnosis and treatment of patients throughout the greater McHenry County region. The new technology allows Centegra to provide advanced cardiac, neurological, and body imaging with significant improvements in speed and image quality without requiring patients to travel to academic medical centers for these procedures.

The new SOMATOM CT provides the finest image quality while reducing x-ray dosage to the patient. Its innovative design provides optimal patient comfort by eliminating the closed-in feeling that patients sometimes associate with a CT scan. The world of medical imaging has experienced significant growth in the development of diagnostic technology in the last decade. One of the most amazing has been the multi-slice CAT scanner. From the early days of a basic single-slice scan, Centegra Health System now employs a 64-slice CAT scanner. The scanner takes “image slices”  to produce a three-dimensional view of the body with extraordinary speed and clarity.

“Our new CT scanner provides us with outstanding diagnostic information by enabling us to perform multi-slice CT on a routine basis,”  said John Heinrich, Director of Medical Imaging for Centegra Health System. “For example, we can now scan geriatric, pediatric, and trauma patients in a single breath hold, which results in more accurate diagnosis while also reducing examination time and increasing patient comfort. It allows us to take care of our patients in the best way and in a patient friendly environment.” 

The CAT scanner is valuable for providing diagnoses for fractures, stroke, head trauma, pinpoint abscesses, herniated discs, or changes in an already diagnosed disease anywhere in the body. But it is especially important in multiple trauma cases in providing critical information to the Emergency Department for treating patients during their “golden hour” .

The cardiac application provided by the CAT scanner is so precise it can even determine risk for a heart attack. Early detection is the best way to protect one’s health, and this 64-slice CAT scanner is a state-of-the-art procedure which is more commonly found in large city hospitals. It is the jewel in the crown of an already impressive medical imaging department at Centegra hospitals.

Centegra Health System is the leading provider of healthcare services in the greater McHenry County region of northern Illinois. With hospitals in Woodstock and McHenry, Illinois Centegra serves a regional population of over 350,000 at over 30 locations in Illinois. In addition to acute care services that include Level II Trauma Care and Level II Nurseries, Centegra also provides physician care, rehabilitation and therapy services, clinic sites, and behavioral health services to the communities we serve.

Centegra traces its origins to the founding of the first hospital in Woodstock in 1914 and McHenry in 1956. Today Centegra Health System is comprised of over 3100 Associates, two medical staffs of 450 physicians, along with over 500 volunteers. Annually Centegra provides care to over 20,000 inpatients, 55,000 emergency room patients, and over 300,000 outpatient and ambulatory patients.