Riverside, CA – Riverside Community Hospital is pleased to announce we have acquired a cutting-edge 256-slice CT (computed tomography) machine as part of our continuing effort to provide advanced technologies for the community’s most challenging patients.

The wide coverage of the CT allows the ability to scan entire organs such as the brain, heart, liver and pancreas in a single 0.28 sec rotation reducing breath hold times for patients and uses low dose radiation which provides much more visual detail. The new CT delivers high definition imaging across the entire body, helping clinicians make a confident diagnosis across all applications including:

  • Cardiac exams in a single heartbeat, with or without beta blockers
  • Whole brain imaging in less than a second
  • Low dose, whole organ diagnosis and follow-up for oncology patients
  • Detailed bone imaging, even for patients with metal implants
  • Sedation-free and low dose scans for pediatric patients

“This new CT is another example of our commitment to seeking innovative technologies that contribute to healthcare excellence for our community,” said Dr. Justin Wei, Medical Chair of Radiology at Riverside Community Hospital.

In a CT, “slice” refers to a physician being able to see cross-sectional images, or slices, of the body. The higher the number, the more detectors the CT provides, which means more coverage and short scan time.

“Currently, we have a 64-slice CT, which means it takes multiple rotations to fully scan an organ. This new state-of-the-art CT performs a more thorough scan in one rotation,” said Dr. Sari Nabulsi, Chief Medical Officer at Riverside Community Hospital. “For example, with this new technology, we can scan whole brain coverage for acute stroke workup in less than 5 minutes. When time is of the utmost importance in stroke, this will help us delivery life-saving care even faster.”