Wesley Care Physicians
October 16, 2020

Ribbon-Cutting of the new 256-Slice CT at TriStar Hendersonville

TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center is proud to announce the hospital has added a new 256-slice Revolution CT to the hospital’s medical imaging technology suite, bringing to Hendersonville advanced technology developed by GE Healthcare to provide low-dose CT scans with higher quality images and faster diagnosis. The new CT is now operational for patients presenting to the Emergency Room and through outpatient testing with an order from a referring physician. This additional technology constitutes a capital investment of $2 million.

“This innovative CT will allow our clinicians to provide low-dose, high quality scans of the heart in a single heartbeat, an image of the entire brain in less than a second, detailed bone imaging, and whole organ diagnosis faster than ever before,” said Regina Bartlett, CEO of TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center. “Having this new technology in place will be a game-changer for our patients. Pediatric patients and their parents will experience less anxiety due to sedation-free, quick and low-dose scans, and our clinicians will be able to provide a faster diagnosis for our stroke, heart attack and trauma patients, enabling us to provide life-saving treatments faster than previously possible.”

Today, more than 70 million computed tomography (CT) scans are performed per year in the U.S. with tremendous clinical value in helping physicians to provide a fast and definitive diagnosis across a wide range of applications. CT is a non-invasive and expedient way to look inside the body at organs, soft tissues, vascular structures and bones using x-rays to generate very high-resolution images of the body. It does this by rotating an x-ray source and detector around the patient as the patient moves through the device. This new CT delivers high definition imaging across the entire body, helping physicians make a confident diagnosis.

“Having access to this level of sophisticated technology opens several new dimensions for us: Much earlier detection of heart disease with the ability to identify both hard and soft plaque, plaque tracking capabilities allowing us to assess the effectiveness of our therapies, and simultaneous high-resolution imaging of the lungs – which is so important now during the COVID-19 pandemic,” stated Interventional Cardiologist Tracy Callister, MD. “We could not be more pleased or excited.”

In addition, TriStar Hendersonville’s new CT is equipped with the next generation of low-dose technology, which routinely reduces radiation dose up to 82 percent with the same image quality.

Furthermore, clinicians can help reduce patient anxiety with this CT as:

  • The scanner is 50% quieter than previous generation CTs
  • It provides soft ambient lighting and personalized gantry displays
  • It can comfortably accommodate more patients with a larger 80 cm bore size
  • Patients may not be required to take special medication to slow their heart rate for a diagnostic cardiac exam due to the CT’s fast imaging speed