KHMH CT-Scanner busted

By Benjamin Flowers
Staff Reporter

The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital confirmed on Thursday that its Computed Tomography (CT) Scanner, an essential imaging machine used for X-Rays and internal scans, has broken down.

Credible reports to the Reporter indicate that the malfunctioning machine has left hundreds of patients without access to the service at the KHMH and has cost the hospital a significant sum in outsourcing the service elsewhere. According to the report, the KHMH has spent more on subsidizing CT Scans at private hospitals than it would cost to buy a new CT Scanner.

KHMH Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Adrian Coye, however said he could not confirm any such figure but said that the machine, now over ten years old, has broken down several times this year. He also confirmed that the frequent breakdowns have forced the hospital to facilitate their patients at private hospitals.

Coye explained that the KHMH performs between 150-300 CT scans per month, some of which are referrals from district hospitals. He noted that the facilitations cause an economic burden to the KHMH, but one the authority is prepared to make for the sake of ensuring its patients have access to the services they need.

“We are hoping to have the machine repaired within the next two weeks,” Coye said. “We would love to say that we’re buying a new one tomorrow but it’s going to be quite costly.”

Coye noted that the hospital is looking to replace the scanner some time in the future.
The CT scanner uses X-Rays to produce images with multiple angles or “slices”. More slices in a CT Scanner mean more detailed images, which provide for more accurate diagnoses. And as medical technology continues to advance at such a rapid pace, there are machines on the market which offer as much as 640 slices, while the CT Scanner in use at the KHMH utilizes only two slices.
Sources tell the Reporter that a 64 slice CT Scanner would cost approximately $3 million.

The Reporter understands that the current CT machine at the KHMH is the oldest in the country and is obsolete by world standards; however, the machine, used with another device called a manual injector still produces some of the best quality CT images in country.
CT scanners are used primarily to detect tumors, cysts and infections.

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