By the end of this year, McLeod Health Cheraw Hospital says it will have a new state-of-the-art CAT scanner to better serve its patients.
This entirely digital scanner will decrease patients’ wait time, McLeod Health officials said. The new scanner provides much higher resolution, which allows physicians to see lesions with more detail.
“It’s like having a loaf of bread and being able to see all the different layers that exist between the slices,” said Mike McCarty, director of radiology for McLeod Health Cheraw.
If a radiologist is unavailable on-site to read a patient’s scan, it is electronically transmitted in real time to McLeod Health in Florence and can be read in less than 30 minutes.
In addition to a new CAT scanner, McLeod officials said, PACS — an acronym for Picture Archive Communication System — has already been installed. This system allows for much easier access to patients’ radiographic images no matter which McLeod Health facility they are currently visiting or have visited in the past.
Radiologists throughout the McLeod Health network now have the ability to compare previous images to current images no matter which McLeod facility a patient has visited.
“This program has already made a huge difference,” radiologist Dr. Steven Glassman said. “You can see the images right away and turnaround time is much shorter.”
Services available at McLeod Health Cheraw include cardiac care, diagnostic imaging, laboratory, rehabilitation, surgery and women’s health. The 59-bed hospital also provides an emergency department, an intensive care unit, a medical surgical unit and a sleep disorder center.