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What is a CT Scan?

A Computed Tomography Scan (CT Scan) involves  an x-ray tube that rotates around the body while the patient lies on the exam table. As the tube rotates, multiple projections are obtained. At the same time a specialized computer reconstructs the projections into cross sectional images.

Why is a CT Scan Important?

This essential piece of equipment provides detailed imaging, which allows Physicians to gain valuable information in cases involving strokes, brain tumors, head injuries, and bleeding. This equipment can visualize structures such as blood vessels and all other organs in the body.

It is commonly used to diagnose appendicitis, cancers, heart disease and kidney stones, and is used for some interventional procedures/therapies. A CT Scan is often used when a trauma has occurred (e.g. a motor vehicle accident or collision).

Why is a new CT Scan needed at CKHA?

Technology has improved significantly. Our current CT Scan, which was purchased in 2003, offers a 16-slice technology, which at the time of purchase was considered state-of-the-art. Today, CT Scans offer at least 64 slice technology that provides Radiologists and Physicians with more detail for reporting and, in turn, more accurate and faster diagnoses for stroke and cancer patients, among others.

What programs at CKHA will benefit from a new CT Scan?

More than  11,000 CT Scans were performed at CKHA during the 2013/2014 fiscal year, benefiting numerous programs, including the Emergency Department, Cancer Services, and the Stroke and Surgery Programs, among others.

How much will this cost?

The CKHA Diagnostic Imaging Equipment Renewal Campaign was launched in 2014 with a goal of $6.9 million. To date, $4.4 million has been raised. The remaining $2.5 million needed to be raised will support the purchase of new Ultrasound Equipment for the Chatham and Sydenham Campus, along with a new CT Scan for CKHA. Please donate today.About Cover

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