NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue Updates Emergency Department with a New Computer Tomography (CT) Scanner - Providing Faster Testing, Quicker Diagnoses, and Less Wait Time for Patients
The new equipment is part of NYC Health + Hospitals' broader multi-year redesign to build a competitive, sustainable organization that will continue to offer high-quality and accessible health care to the people of New York City
NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue today announced the installation of a new state-of-the-art Computerized Tomography (CT) Scanner in the Emergency Department, part of a series of modern, high-technology additions to the Radiology Service planned over the summer at the hospital that will reduce wait times, produce faster and better image quality, and lead to quicker diagnoses and treatment for patients, particularly critical patients in the Emergency Department. NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue is the only Level 1 Trauma Center in Manhattan south of 62nd Street. It provides care to thousands of patients, with more than 110,000 emergency room visits a year.
“Radiology and nursing staff now have new, state-of-the-art and dependable medical equipment available to support the care of our patients. The new scanner enables us to provide more efficient and effective diagnosis and treatment for our patients,” said Michael Rawlings, Chief Operating Officer of NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue.
The $6.5 million dollar project will add a total of four new state-of-the-art medical machines at the hospital: two new CT Scanners and two new MRI machines. Installation of the second CT scanner will be completed in the coming weeks and the new MRI machines will be installed over the summer.
CT Scanners create cross-sectional x-ray images, also known as “slices,” which are tomographic images of the internal body. The new CT scanner model can process 128-sliced images, while the previous model processed 64-sliced images. This increase in sliced images will enhance care to critical patients by:
producing faster image reconstruction with high resolution and better image quality,
providing an examination-split that runs multiple examinations simultaneously for patients requiring multiple tests, and
reducing steps for medical staff.
And for young patients, as well as nervous patients of all ages, there is a distraction tool that displays animated fish, cats, dogs, an animal guessing game and a step-by-step video of the procedure to help ease concerns.
CT Scanners can show a patient’s skeleton, organs, tissues, and even help identify abnormalities such as tumors, which might indicate cancer. The CT scanner’s cross-sectional images are created from a motorized x-ray stored in the circular body of a CT scanner, where patients are incrementally moved through the donut-shaped hole, called a “gantry,” until the required number of sliced images are generated. Detail and quality is improved when the CT scanner can process more image slices.
The NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue Emergency Department is a Level 1 Trauma Center, which specializes in cardiac catheterization, cardiopulmonary bypass, and hemodialysis, and has a trauma suite designed to provide acute care for critically ill patients.
Contact:Justin Chin, NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, 212-562-4516
About NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue
NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue is America’s oldest public hospital, established in 1736. Affiliated with the NYU School of Medicine, the 844-bed hospital is a major referral center for highly complex cases, with 6,000 employees including highly skilled, interdisciplinary clinical staff. It is a Level 1 Trauma Center and sees more than 110,000 emergency room visits and more than 444,000 outpatient visits annually. Clinical centers of excellence include: Emergency Medicine and Trauma Care; Cardiovascular Services; Bariatric Surgery; Designated Regional Perinatal Center and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (ICU); Children’s Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program; and Cancer Services. For more information, visit www.nychealthandhospitals.org/bellevue or find us on twitter.com/BellevueHosp.
About NYC Health + Hospitals
NYC Health + Hospitals is the largest public health care system in the nation serving more than a million New Yorkers annually in more than 70 patient care locations across the city’s five boroughs. A robust network of outpatient, neighborhood-based primary and specialty care centers anchors care coordination with the system’s trauma centers, nursing homes, post-acute care centers, home care agency, and MetroPlus health plan—all supported by 11 essential hospitals. Its diverse workforce of more than 42,000 employees is uniquely focused on empowering New Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest life possible. For more information, visit www.nychealthandhospitals.org and stay connected on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NYCHealthSystem or Twitter at @NYCHealthSystem.