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Friday, February 15, 2013 - New Paul Oliver CT Scanner Offers Lower Radiation Dose


Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital recently began using an 80-slice CT scanner.

New Paul Oliver CT Scanner Offers Lower Radiation Dose
The new 80-slice device recently began taking images of patients

Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital’s new 80-slice Toshiba CT scanner recently began taking images of patients.

The technology offers lower doses of radiation and faster imaging processing times for patients.

 “Being just one of five hospitals in the country with this type of unit, we are so fortunate to have this state-of-the-art equipment in our facility,” said Deborah Robinson, R.T. (R) (CT), CT tech at the hospital. “This scanner has technology that reduces patient radiation doses dramatically. Because of the reduction in scan time, patients spend less time on the table. Along with the low dose, we have greater image quality with a faster process for patients.”

The hospital previously used a 4-slice scanner that was purchased in 2004. However, scan technology has increased greatly since then.

“Exams not previously available in Frankfort will now be performed locally,” said Radiologist Paul Williams, M.D. “Paul Oliver can be proud to provide this technologically advanced CT equipment for its patients and providers.”

Without the help of a $500,000 donation from the Wayne and Joan Webber Foundation, Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital would not have been able to acquire the new technology. The hospital’s CT imaging suite has been renamed The Wayne and Joan Webber Imaging Suite.

Wayne and Joan actively support other charitable efforts in Benzie County, including:
• The commitment of $100,000 to Benzie Area Christian Neighbors’ Food Bank to assist those in need of food, clothing, and support services.
• Since 2009, the Foundation has distributed more than 1,700 new winter coats, boots, hats, and gloves to Benzie County students in grades pre-school through sixth grade. This annual distribution takes place each fall in preparation for northern Michigan winters.
• In the spring of 2013, the Foundation has committed to building a new Betsie Valley District Library in Thompsonville.

“Working with the Webbers inspires all of us to do more to help those around us,” said Des Worthington, president of the Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation and Paul Oliver Foundation. “We are very grateful for their generous gift, and the spirit in which they gave it.”