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2005 Press Releases
Morton Plant's Bardmoor Outpatient Center Offers Newest Innovation in CT Scans

CLEARWATER, Fla. (February 3, 2005)-Some of the country's most revolutionary advances in imaging technology can be found at Morton Plant Hospital's Bardmoor Outpatient Center. Morton Plant is one of only fifty hospitals nationwide and is the first in Florida to use the first 64-slice computed tomography (CT) scanner. In less than one-third of a second, the scanner provides three-dimensional detail.

"This powerful imaging equipment increases the potential for faster and less invasive diagnostic procedures for our patients," said Morton Plant Hospital President and CEO, Philip K. Beauchamp.

The 64-slice CT scanner can help physicians visualize the smallest intracranial, pulmonary, mesenteric and peripheral vessels. "While the 64-slice CT can be used for diagnosing numerous illnesses and conditions, the most exciting applications are the advances we can bring to patients suffering cardiac, thoracic and vascular diseases," said Daniel S. Krop, M.D., chief of Morton Plant Hospital's medical staff.

With the fastest gantry rotation speed available, the 64-slice CT produces images of the entire chest in just 20 seconds. Information from just a single scan can be used to assess the status and function of coronary arteries, including plaque evaluation and stent patency. Traditionally those assessments require an invasive procedure such as heart catheterization, or an angiogram. Similarly, images of the abdomen can be reformatted using a technique called "virtual colonoscopy" to detect precancerous intestinal polyps. "The highly detailed CT images could eventually replace traditional more invasive diagnostic procedures currently used for screening for colon and heart disease, " said Dr. Krop.

The 64-slice CT, called Siemens Medical Solutions's new SOMATOM(tm) Sensation Cardiac 64, was introduced on June 25, 2004 at Stanford University's 6th Annual International Symposium.

Established in 1916, Morton Plant Hospital is a 687-bed facility dedicated to improving the health of all it serves through community-owned health services that set the standard for high quality, compassionate care. Morton Plant Hospital has received numerous national recognitions for its quality of care including the Gold Seal of ApprovalTM for Primary Stroke Care from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and 100 Top Hospital Overall Quality of Care for four years. Morton Plant is one of only seven hospitals in the United States to be ranked in the100 Top Hospitals: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success Study for six consecutive years. Morton Plant Hospital is located at 300 Pinellas Street, Clearwater, Fla., 727-462-7000.

Contact: Beth Hardy (727) 298-6199 Phone, (727) 468-7586 Pager