A new CT Scanner has arrived in Taranaki from Germany this week.
The new addition will be able to accommodate more than 100 people per week and will be up and running in time for its first client on April 9.
The new arrival means Taranaki now has two CT Scanners, also known as CAT Scanners.
Taranaki Radiology accepted the delivery of the region’s second CT Scanner at their Fulford Street Clinic, which is located in the hub of many medical centres and specialist rooms.
Taranaki Radiology clinical directors Dr Dana Tipene-Hook, Dr Maren Krueger and Dr Alina Leigh said they were delighted with the delivery.
“After months of planning and preparation it is great to finally have the scanner here in Taranaki,” Tipene-Hook says.
“We’re fortunate that several of our team have CT expertise, so once the scanner is fully installed and tested we can begin seeing people straight away.
“We’ve had a great response to news of the new scanner from referring doctors. We are particularly excited about the low radiation dose imaging available for some of their patients.”
Software on the new scanner facilitates the lowest radiation dose possible, equivalent to a standard x-ray exam in some instances.
“This machine is an investment for the people of Taranaki and forms an important part of Taranaki Radiology’s strategy to provide the highest quality equipment and service for our community,” Tipene-Hook says.
The new equipment also offers a back up to the only other CT Scanner in Taranaki, located in New Plymouth at Taranaki Base Hospital.
Manufactured in Germany, there’s a long lead time and a lot of groundwork work required behind the scenes to arrange for the arrival and installation of the scanner.
“We’re very motivated to improve the access to state of the art technology to support the well-being of the population of Taranaki.”
Taranaki Radiology Ltd, established in January 2016, is the region’s only private IANZ accredited radiology provider with clinics in New Plymouth and Stratford.