Old scanner makes way for new one

00:15, Jul 01 2014
 CT scanner
OVER AND OUT: Nelson Hospital’s nine-year-old CT scanner is removed from the radiology department yesterday.

After nine years on the job, the old CT (Computed Tomography) scanner at Nelson Hospital's radiology department has been broken down and removed.

A team of hospital staff, technicians and contractors removed the large gantry which was the last remaining piece of the machine yesterday morning. At the same time, a new machine was brought on site. Work to carefully transport and install it was scheduled to start today with testing to be completed by next Monday.

Nelson Marlborough District Health Board clinical services general manager Dr Peter Bramley said like any technology the scanner needed an upgrade.

"Nelson currently has a 16 slice CT scanner which has been the standard for hospitals in New Zealand. "Just as you upgrade your home computer to get faster processing and better graphics it's the same with CT technology advances over 10 years. Patient comfort will also be increased with a wider table with larger internal diameter that patients pass through when being scanned."

Bramley said no patients were booked to have scans during this week, but in the case of emergencies Nelson Radiology had made their CT scanner available to the district health board.

All urgent scans would be performed at another location including Wairau Hospital, Nelson Radiology, Wellington and Christchurch Hospitals, he said. The board has set aside $1 million for the purchase, installation, and removal of the old machine plus the outsourcing of CT Scans during the week that it is out of action.