New CT boosts TMC’s array of imaging options

Tucson Medical Center has greatly increased its imaging capabilities by adding a second suite for advanced Computerized Tomography (CT) scanning. TMC has replaced one older scanner, and now provides two 64-slice CT units offering precise, detailed representations of organs and blood vessels.

Fully installed and tested at the end of October, the new unit is called a 64-slice CT because it uses 64 detectors to produce and combine images. The Siemens Definition 64-slice unit offers a refined set of features:

  • Dose adjustment and reduction for pediatric or adult populations
  • Larger gantry for bariatric patients
  • Faster reconstruction times
  • Perfusion package to aid ‘Neuro-Red’ suspected stroke cases

The technology provides up to 64 slices per rotation with previously unknown sharpness and diagnostic detail. The imaging information is instantaneously available for physicians for a fast and reliable diagnosis.

TMC’s original 64-slice CT scanner remains in service and continuously busy down the hall, with both units now able to handle scheduled and emergent imaging cases.

‘I Choose Dedication:’ Patient Care is Non-Stop Obligation

Organizational values identified by TMC employees (Dedication, Compassion, Integrity, Community) are among the reasons people ‘Choose Well’ when they choose Tucson Medical Center.

TMC has launched an internal campaign to celebrate examples of those who demonstrate these values every day.  Here’s another example of those who “choose Dedication”


Julie Bolin

Radiology Tech Julie Bolin has dedicated the past six years to TMC Nuclear Medicine, where she and her colleagues take the extra steps to have the equipment ready, the schedule followed, and the patients as comfortable as possible.  Keeping the department running smoothly, and pursuing the best possible patient outcomes, can require some extra effort, she says.

“When you work in the Nuclear Medicine department, especially in a hospital, you may be on call 24 hours a day.  That’s OK, because you make a choice to work in health care, and you make a choice to do what’s in the best interest of the patient, and you make a choice to do the best you can under any circumstances. You have to put yourself in the mindset of that’s part of your job. We love what we do, so that’s part of what we are here for.  You choose to be dedicated.  You choose to do the right thing

“We provide service that we would be happy to have our family receive.”

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