Nelson Hospital will get a new state-of-the art CT scanner today, making scans faster and of better quality.
The 3-D X-ray imaging is commonly used for initial diagnosis in serious trauma cases and cancer diagnosis and monitoring.
The hospital's nine-year-old scanner would be removed today and installation and testing of the new scanner would take a week.
Nelson Marlborough District Health Board clinical services general manager Dr Peter Bramley said the "16-slice" scanner would be replaced with one that can take 160 slices.
No patients had been booked to have scans during the installation week, however for emergency situations Nelson Radiology had made their CT scanner available during working hours and after hours, Bramley said.
This week all urgent scans would be performed at Wairau Hospital, Nelson Radiology, Wellington and Christchurch Hospital.
"For trauma cases the rescue helicopter may take patients in need of high level diagnostics to Wellington or Christchurch Hospital," Bramley said.
"The facilities at Wairau Hospital will also be utilised where ever possible for patients who are able and willing to travel."
In a limited number of cases ultrasound and MRI imaging may be used, subject to a clinical decision.
Bramley said the board were trying to minimise disruption to patients and their families this week, however some patients may have to be moved to other hospitals to get the best scans.
Later this year the CT scanner in Wairau Hospital will also be replaced with the same make and model as Nelson.
- The Marlborough Express
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