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Singing River Health Hospital Installs Low-dose CAT System From GE.

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CAT_2Singing River Health Hospital in Pascagoula, Mississippi, has recently presented its new CAT scan imaging system. The system was revealed during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the hospital on Wednesday. The new CAT system was produced by GE Healthcare, with a cost of $1.5 million. One of the main features of the new CAT system is that it works with low-dose radiation. Dr. Karen Ehlers, director of radiology at Singing River Hospital, commented "The most important thing about this machine is the low dose. We can actually achieve 50% lower dose on our scans, but at the same time the quality of the scans are phenomenal." She added that the hospital had its first CAT system in 1978, which took 10 minutes to produce head images. She continued "On this machine we can do a chest, abdomen and pelvis in about 15 seconds. That is one breath hold for a patient." Meanwhile, Dr. Roland Mestayer, a radiologist at the hospital, said "The CT scanner and the imaging suite is really a cutting-edge tool for us. My only regret is that we can't actually put this somewhere in the lobby because I think everybody should see this," He confirmed that the low radiation dose and the high-definition capabilities were the main features that made the new CAT system very special. He explained "We get that great high-definition image, but it is really the low dosage that makes it most exciting for me,"

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