New CT System Means More Comfort and Convenience for Patients

Monday, November 12, 2012
Dr. Ingrid Franze, BVRMC Radiologist, and Linda Carlsen, BVRMC CT Supervisor. /Submitted

Buena Vista Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce the installation of a new CT system. The new Siemens SOMATOM Definition AS 64-slice CT system demonstrates BVRMC's commitment to delivering state-of-the-art health care.

CT, also known as CAT scan or computed tomography, uses a computer to collect multiple X-ray images, or slices, of soft tissues or bone. CT sees inside the body and into areas that cannot be visualized by standard X-ray examination.

The new Definition AS is one of the world's first CT scanners that adapts to nearly any patient, even those with the most challenging clinical situations. The CT system provides flexibility for nearly any exam for nearly any person of any age. It is designed to scan the patient quickly from head to toe, providing clearer images doctors need to make a more confident diagnosis.

Since CT exams consist of X-rays that emit radiation, the Definition AS offers award-winning Siemens dose reduction features to provide the lowest radiation dose necessary to get the images needed.

Medical imaging such as the X-rays from CT scans is just one source of radiation. Humans are exposed to low levels of radiation every day, from the water we drink to air we breathe. Even plane travel exposes us to radiation.

"This advanced CT system actively manages radiation exposure and automatically minimizes dose to the patient," said Joan Kurtz, Director of Imaging Services at BVRMC. "Ultimately, this means a safer scan for patients."

"Patients have a choice when it comes to their imaging needs," Kurtz said. "Our state-of-the-art technology and compassionate care here at BVRMC means less time traveling out of town to get the care they deserve and expect."

To learn more about the new CT and other imaging services at BVRMC, call 712-213-8691 or visit