Rice Medical Center has a New CAT
Scan Unit. The GE Multislice 16 Slice
Lightspeed CAT Scan has improved
image quality, smaller slice thicknesses
that gives more detailed information to
the Radiologist and faster scan times.
We utilize a Digital Radiography (DR) system which
uses x-ray-sensitive plates that directly capture
data during the patient examination, immediately
transferring it to a computer system without the use
of cassette. The advantages include time efficiency,
the ability to digitally transfer and enhance images.
Also, less radiation can be used, allows for
immediate image preview and availability, as well as
the ability to apply special image processing
techniques that enhance overall display quality of
the image. From the DR Console the images are
sent to our PACS system (Picture archiving and
communication system) which stores the images
on a server and allows the Radiologist and
Physicians to view them on any computer.
Along with Xrays; Mammograms, CAT Scans, MRIs
and Ultrasounds are tied into the PACS.
Ordering physicians on staff at Rice Medical Center
are also able to view their patient films over the web
on our secure site from their office.
X-rays, ultrasounds, CAT Scans, MRIs, Digital
Mammograms and also perform special
procedures that consist of biopsies,
aspirations, thoracenthesis, paracenthesis,
needle localization, barium procedures,
arthrograms, myelograms, epidural steroid
injections, and some vascular studies