2 Aug 2011

New CT scanner to reduce waiting times

7:43 pm on 2 August 2011

A radiologist at North Shore hospital in Auckland says a new CT scanner will enable up to 50% more patients to be processed.

The $2.8 million machine provides fast scans and four dimensional images which allows doctors to see every angle of an organ.

David Cranfield says that previously some non-urgent patients were waiting up to six months for a scan.

But the new faster technology will have a dramatic impact on waiting times.

Dr Cranfield says Waitemata DHB has cut corners to save money in the past, but has now realised the need for the new technology.