Hospital Finds CAT
by Jeffrey Harmatz
Oct 30, 2008 | 1486 views | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Dr. Moshen Sammii shows of some of the images produced by the new CAT scanner.
The staff of St. John’s Hospital is asking you to get a slice with them. It’s not some pizza date, but rather the arrival of their new CAT scanner that will make internal scans of the human body, made up of slices, that are stacked on top of each other within a computer program to create a three-dimensional picture.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for last Friday was delayed because the scanner was being used to treat a patient, but after a short delay, State Senator Toby Stavisky and Councilman Anthony Como, and hospital staff carried on with the ceremony.

“This scanner does 40 slices in a minute or two,” said Pat Mullins, a specialist assistant in the Radiology Department at St. John’s. “It’s a better scanner with much better capabilities like sharper images, greater generating capacity, faster scanning speeds. When patients get scanned, they are absolutely stressed out, and one of their biggest questions is, ‘How long am I going to be on this table?’ Now they’ll be on there for much less time, and it’s a huge relief for them.”

Further setting patients’ minds at ease is a unique ceiling with a backlight image of a blue sky and palm trees above the bed of the scanner, giving a patient something to look at other than the usual drab gray ceiling tiles.

“For a long time, we’ve had an outpatient radiology center that was insufficient to handle all of our outpatients,” said Annette Hastings, the hospital’s executive director. “It’s a great day for St. John’s, and we’re excited to offer this service to the community.”

“The fundamental foundation of any radiology department is the CAT scanning equipment, and the radiology department is the foundation of any good hospital,” said Moshen Samii, chairman of Radiology for St. John’s. “This CAT scanner is very fast, and we can produce virtually any image we want. We’re happy to have this system.”

The technology at St. John’s Hospital might be top notch, but a good medical facility needs more than just cutting edge technology.

“It’s the people who use these machines that count,” said Stavisky. “This hospital has been here for the community and we appreciate it.”

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