It was an exciting morning at Lennox and Addington County General Hospital as staff unveiled the new CT Scan machine, at a ribbon cutting ceremony, held on June 18, 2019. Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, the new CT machine saw it’s very first patient!
Talk of acquiring a CT has been active for about a decade, with efforts really picking up in recent years. Following Ministry approval in early April 2019, the Hospital set to work with acquiring and installation of the new Revolution EVO CT scanner.
The state of the art device is able to scan patients of all shapes and sizes. Dr. Polanski, Medical Director of Diagnostic Imaging noted that the machine holds the latest technology, which enables technologists to get the highest scanning quality, with limited radiation exposure to patients. The unit is also designed to ensure the patient’s experience is as safe and comfortable as possible. The table can be lowered close to the floor allowing the patient to easily sit and then lie on the table. Technologists can access controls right on the scanner, allowing them to stay within close proximity to the patient. Calming visual images are available on the unit, which the patient can focus on during their procedure, to help decrease any anxiety that might be associated with the clinical environment.
This monumental event signals the end of a long road, lots of hard work and some excellent vision by hospital leadership and has been well supported by the Board of Directors, the LACGH Foundation, the LACGH Volunteer Services and our local community. With such efforts, our local community is now able to receive this service much closer to home. CT service will ramp up over the summer months and could potentially see up to 10,000 patients in its first year of full operation.