Faster, More Accurate Diagnostic Imaging Now Available in Santa Cruz County

New 128-slice CT scanner delivers lower radiation exposure, more accurate diagnoses for patients

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – Santa Cruz Comprehensive Imaging, LLC, a joint venture between Dignity Health Dominican Hospital and Radiology Medical Group of Santa Cruz County, now offers 128-slice computed tomography (CT) scans to better diagnose medical conditions and diseases throughout the body. This ultra-fast, state-of-the-art diagnostic system delivers lower radiation doses while capturing cross-sectional internal body images in minute detail.

The benefits of this new technology are substantial. The high-speed scanner generates exceptionally detailed images—called slices—of the inside of the body in a matter of seconds. This allows physicians to make more accurate diagnoses of certain diseases than with conventional CT. Due to its speed and accuracy, patients spend less time on the CT table with significantly less exposure to radiation.

“Dominican Hospital and Radiology Medical Group of Santa Cruz County are excited to provide this safe and more accurate diagnostic imaging technology to our community in a convenient outpatient setting,” said Dominican Hospital President Nanette Mickiewicz, MD. “Combined with our extensive array of advanced radiology capabilities, we offer the highest standard of imaging care in the Monterey Bay region.”

“With conventional CT, metal objects in the body such as hip or knee implants, spinal screws, and even dental fillings, can distort the image,” said Radiologist Roy Martinez, MD, President of Radiology Medical Group of Santa Cruz County. “This scanner produces much clearer, cleaner images of the soft tissues and bone structures in areas next to metal artifacts, allowing us to make more accurate diagnoses without the need for additional testing.”

The new 128-slice CT scanner is used for all general imaging of the head, lung, spine soft tissue, extremity, and abdomen and pelvis. After the exam, radiologists provide prompt interpretation of all scans and are in direct contact with referring physicians to provide immediate access to images and the information needed for treatment planning.

Also in collaboration with Radiology Medical Group of Santa Cruz County, Dominican offers the latest advancement in mammogram technology – three-dimensional (3-D) mammography, or tomosynthesis – for the detection of breast cancer.

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