Emerald receives CT scanner for patients

NEW TO TOWN: Norelle Comino and Jocelyn Wieser from CQMI with the new CT scanner.
NEW TO TOWN: Norelle Comino and Jocelyn Wieser from CQMI with the new CT scanner. Amber Hooker E

CENTRAL Highlanders now have access to world class medical technology that offers the same calibre of care as in capital cities.

Emerald's Central Queensland Medical Imaging clinic installed a new CT scanner last month, offering patients a faster and more accurate diagnosis on a range of conditions.

CQMI clinic director Dr Joe Putman said the scanner - which incorporates low radiation dose technology - was a significant upgrade to the clinic's existing scanner.

"Our new scanner will deliver some of the fastest, most detailed 3D images of the body possible," he said.

"This means we are able to visualise problems such as tumours and lesions extremely clearly."

CQMI regional manager Keri Kamau said another benefit for locals was that they would no longer have to travel to Rockhampton or Brisbane to access such equipment.

"The speed and the comfort is certainly an improved patient experience," he said.

"Scans are done quicker, patients don't have to sit around as long or wait as long for the results to go to their doctor.

"So it really just helps improve the whole experience... and their medical management."

Mr Kamau said CQMI had been in the region for more than 30 years and was always looking at ways to improve its technology.

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