Queanbeyan hospital gains first CT Scanner
The Member for Monaro John Barilaro has officially unveiled Queanbeyan District Hospital’s first CT scanner.
The new piece of equipment, funded by the NSW Government, means patients no longer have to travel to Canberra to access a CT scanner.
“The CT scanner will assist clinicians in the diagnosis of a range of medical conditions such as cancer, heart disease, stroke and vascular diseases along with spinal and orthopaedic abnormalities,” Mr Barilaro said.
“Community access to CT services will be improved with Queanbeyan Hospital being able to offer a bulk-billed routine outpatient service, meaning our hospital will be home to a comprehensive public diagnostic imaging service.
“There are multiple clinical benefits in having CT services closer to home. Not only does it assist in the diagnosis for stroke patients but it can reduce the length of stay for acute and rehabilitation patients due to early diagnosis and treatment.
“Patients currently have to travel off-site to consulting radiologists or further afield to Canberra to access a CT scanner.”
A CT (Computed Tomography) scanner combines special X-ray equipment with sophisticated computers to produce multiple images of the inside of the body. It provides greater clarity and gives a radiologist more detail to interpret scans of the body which often lead to quicker and more successful diagnosis of many diseases.
Mr Barilaro said the NSW Government allocated $736,664 to purchase, calibrate and install the new CT equipment as part of the Rural Health Service Capital Investment Program.
Health Minister Jillian Skinner said the new equipment would be vital to ensuring patients from across the region have access to quality health services.
“This is about providing patients with the best comprehensive care closer to home. Patients will now be able to receive this service in the comfort of their own communities,” Mrs Skinner said.