Hutcheson Unveils State-Of-The-Art CT Scanner

Thursday, June 5, 2014
Pictured from left to right are Whitney Smith, RT (R) (CT) Registered CT Technologist; Christy Poteet, RT (R) (CT) Registered CT Technologist; Casey Richie, RN; and Evan Turner, RT (R) (CT) Registered CT Technologist.
Pictured from left to right are Whitney Smith, RT (R) (CT) Registered CT Technologist; Christy Poteet, RT (R) (CT) Registered CT Technologist; Casey Richie, RN; and Evan Turner, RT (R) (CT) Registered CT Technologist.

According to officials, Hutcheson Medical Center is now home to the most technological CT scanner in Walker, Catoosa, and Dade counties. The Optima CT660 64 slice equivalent scanner from GE Healthcare features faster screening times for increased patient comfort while delivering a lower dose of medical radiation as compared to older generation CT scanners. 

“The technology of the new scanner is incredibly advanced and more patient friendly as compared to older scanners” said Linda Case, Director of Radiology for Hutcheson. “For example, it only takes now six seconds to complete a scan as compared to half a minute or longer with older models, which is important because patients have to hold their breath and lie still during the scan. Decreasing the scanning time by 80% makes the process so much more comfortable for the patient. It also delivers a lower dose of radiation during the scan and requires less IV contrast to be administered to the patient.” Ms. Case added that the scanner features technology which allows radiologists and techs to create 3D images and overall uses 60% less energy than older scanners. 

“We’re excited to add this additional CT scanner to our diagnostic radiology department at Hutcheson,” said Farrell Hayes, President and CEO of the hospital. “Adding the second scanner increases patient access to diagnostic care for patients in the hospital, emergency department, and outpatient clinics. The new scanner also offers the finest level of detailing within each scan, which provides physicians the best opportunity to diagnose the exact cause of the patient’s condition.” Mr. Hayes stated that the addition of the Optima CT660 scanner, as with the new outpatient GI equipment at Hutcheson on the Parkway, is part of the hospital’s on-going effort to provide state of the art technology for quality patient care. 

One entertaining aspect of the scanner is a video screen located at the top of the scanner. The screen is pre-loaded with content designed to calm children and nervous adults during the scan. “We’ve already had one pediatric patient who was really upset and crying before the scan,” said Ms. Case. “But as soon as he climbed on the table and started watching the video, he immediately calmed down. It definitely resolved what could have been a difficult patient issue for the child and his family. And we were able to successfully complete the scan and diagnose the patient.” 

To find out more about Hutcheson’s newest CT scanner or to schedule a scan, please call 706/858-2725 or 706/858-2200.



Morning Pointe Gives Residents The Wedding They Never Had 66 Years Later

Carl and Betty Hullander, residents at The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer's Center of Excellence, Chattanooga, renewed vows after 66 years on Thursday, at the memory care community, at 7620 Shallowford Road.   The Hullanders married at the courthouse in Ringgold, in 1951, and Morning Pointe associates wanted to help the couple relive their day in a very ... (click for more)

Morning Pointe Senior Living Promotes 3 To Vice President Leadership

Morning Pointe Senior Living announced three vice president promotions at its corporate office based in Ooltewah. Each of the roles provides support to 30 Morning Pointe Senior Living communities in five states, as well as regional staff and corporate associates. “We are very pleased to promote these associates who have given their hard work and dedication to Morning Pointe for ... (click for more)

Shaw Industries To Invest $42 Million At Decatur, Tn., Plant

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Shaw Industries Group, Inc. officials announced Friday that the floor products manufacturer will invest $42 million to upgrade its yarn facility in Decatur. Shaw plans create 75 new jobs in Meigs County as part of the investment. “I’d like to thank Shaw for its continued ... (click for more)

$125 Million County School Building Plan Includes Shifting CSLA To Tyner Middle; Combining Tyner High/Middle; New Harrison Elementary, New East Hamilton Middle

Hamilton County School officials on Thursday unveiled a $125 million building plan that includes moving the Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts to the current Tyner Middle School, which will undergo a major renovation. Tyner Middle will move across the street into Tyner High School. Both Tyner buildings have been under-utilized for a number of years. There will also be ... (click for more)

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Myth And Fact Check

My husband and I recently had the privilege of participating in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Chattanooga. I listened as my husband told the audience about how his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when he was nine and how she died from the disease when he was fourteen. As a child, my husband didn’t understand what breast cancer ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: At Last! New Schools

In this me-me-me-only-me world of today, we-we-we-finally got a thrilling $125 million facility plan for the Hamilton County Department of Education on Thursday night. The School Board unanimously approved a well-thought-out “first Band-Aid” that will provide a new elementary school in Harrison, middle schools in East Hamilton and Howard, and a quite-satisfactory answer to move ... (click for more)