Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the Department for Local Government (DLG) through the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to aid with the purchase of a state-of-the-art Computerized Tomography (CT) scanner.

The addition of the new CT scanner is part of the continued growth in technology providing patients with the most accurate and advanced imaging equipment found throughout the state.

“PMC is the driving economic engine in the region,” said PMC Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Donovan Blackburn. “We are committed to providing health care that rivals the care found in larger cities throughout the country. The purchase of this new technology is one of many continuing advancements underway at the medical center. Our patients deserve the best possible care and this new CT scanner will help us take regional health care to a whole new level.”

DLG Commissioner Sandra K. Dunahoo said, “I’m pleased that we could help the center secure these funds.”

She says this project has the potential to be game-changing in terms of high-quality care and also in the growing field of medical imaging.

The new CT scanner contains Dual Source Technology. The scanner uses two X-ray tubes, rotating around the body simultaneously, to provide high resolution clinical diagnostic images.

“The Dual Source Technology allows scanning at flash speed, so diagnostic images can be acquired from any patient independent of their heart rate, their ability to hold their breath or willingness to remain still,” said PMC Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Kansas Justice. “This will make sedation of children unnecessary, optimize the golden hour for trauma patients and addresses numerous challenging cardiac issues.”

The speed of this advanced technology means a more reliable diagnosis with the highest image quality available at the lowest radiation dose possible.

“The 4K resolution and the fast scanning time will allow us to see entities that cannot be seen from other scanners,” said PMC Board of Directors Vice President, Alex Poulos MD, radiologist. “This is a very unique piece of imaging equipment. It is the only unit like it in the region allowing patients to receive the best possible imaging close to home.  The new CT scanner will have a tremendous effect on patient care.”

This is the second of two new scanners to be added at PMC and will be located in close proximity of the Emergency Department.

“Speed and image clarity are critical for a number of health issues including stroke. The new CT scanner will allow radiologists to view blood flow through the vessels of the brain in real time with the highest clarity and determine if there is a blockage,” said PMC Senior Vice President/Assistant CEO and Chief Medical Officer, Aaron Crum MD. PMC neurologists and emergency physicians administer lifesaving treatment quickly, as every second counts.”

“PMC always strives to have the most advanced technology to take care of our patients and diagnose new diseases,” said PMC Assistant Vice President of Radiology/Interventional Radiology, Joni Fields.  “If you go to other facilities not offering this technology, you are risking your health. The image quality of these scanners is the best available, allowing the radiologist to easily see disease states they are unable to detected with other less superior scanners.”

Fields advises patients not to value shop their health care as early diagnosis and treatment are key to increased survivability and quality of life.

For additional information on the new Siemens CT Unit call 606-218-3500.