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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

MDG CT scanner; saving lives and money

by Airman 1st Class Kenna Jackson
35th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

7/24/2012 - MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- In a small room on the basement level of the base hospital sits the 35th Medical Group's computerized tomography, better known as the CT scan. Although this piece of machinery is easily the largest scanner and the most expensive piece of technology the 35 MDG owns, it does the base a huge service.

"We just got the CT scan sometime last year. Not only is it our largest and most expensive scanner, but it enables us to save money. Rather than paying to transport patients to off-base Japanese hospitals, patients can get the scan they need right here," said Staff Sgt. Emily George, 35 MDG diagnostic imaging technologist.

The CT scan is, by definition, a noninvasive medical test which is used by physicians to help diagnose and treat medical conditions. By combining special x-ray equipment with high-tech computer systems, the test produces multiple images of the inside of a person's body with extreme clarity, including internal organs, bones, soft tissue and blood vessels.

Although this machine is within reach to anyone in need of its technology, unlike getting a regular x-ray, patients can not just walk in and get a CT scan whenever it is desired. To get a CT scan, patients must present a recommendation from their primary care doctor before calling to schedule an appointment.

For more information on CT scans and appointments, call the radiology section at 226-6602.

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