By Rosli Mansor
Ipoh Specialist Hospital (KPJ) is the first private hospital in the state to acquire the newest and fastest CT scan machine.
Medical Director of KPJ Ipoh, Dr Luis Chen Shian Liang explained that the state-of-the-art machine can scan human body parts with less time, less radiation and less contrast media usage. This reduces risks to patients. Its high definition images will enable more accurate diagnosis and more precise procedures.
“The CT scanner is of the latest model, Siemen SOMATOM Definition Edge,” he said on Saturday, November 16 which saw the launch of the online public access of hospital’s clinical outcome and the new CT scan machine.
Dr Lee Boon Chye, the Deputy Minister of Health who was the guest of honour for the day added, “For instance, to do a CT Angiogram of the heart, it scans less than five seconds in contrast with the 12 seconds of the older CT scanners, the radiation exposure also reduced from 20mSV to 1.5mSV. The resolution and image quality of this new CT scanner is much higher too. This will help radiologists to see more details and thus make more accurate diagnoses. The surgeon or radiologist can obtain a better and more accurate sample for histological confirmation.”
Lee also congratulated KPJ Ipoh for taking the initiative to publish their clinical outcome data online for the public to access and to gain vital information before they engage a doctor for the treatment of their illnesses.
By sharing clinical outcomes with the public, the hospital encourages patients to make informed decisions regarding their treatment and institution of choice. It can be accessed via www.kpjipoh.com.