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Pali Momi Medical Center gets advanced CT scanner

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The Pali Momi Medical Center in Aiea said today it has put into use the first 320-slice computed tomography (CT) scanner in Hawaii.

Pali Momi said the $1.96 million scanner is “the most advanced X-ray imaging machine in its class” and “the fastest, most advanced scanner in the state.” Only 100 medical centers across the nation employ this new technology, Pali Momi said.

Dr. Gordon Ng, director of radiology for Pali Momi, said the scanner produces superior images, is quicker and has a lower radiation dose compared to other CT scanners.

“The 4,400-pound device can measure subtle changes in blood flow or minute blockages forming in blood vessels no bigger than the average width of a toothpick (1.5 millimeters) in the heart and brain,” the medical center said.

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