Sparks Expands Available Technology

Sparks Health System is making it more convenient for patients to receive needed diagnostic scans.

 A new computed tomography (CT) scanner is now available for use in the Sparks Medical Plaza.  The General Electric Bright Speed 16-slice scanner is the same model in use at Sparks Regional Medical Center.  This means Sparks Clinic patients in need of diagnostic imaging may have their scans performed right at the Plaza, without having to travel to the hospital.  

The Plaza CT scanner is also equipped with Adaptive Statistical Iterative Reconstruction technology, which allows for an up to 75 percent reduction of radiation dose in the patient without compromising image quality or resolution.  IQ Enhancement software enables the Bright Speed device to perform scans at a speed equal to 50-slice scanners. 

This particular scanning system is designed with patient comfort in mind.  The scanner’s low table height allows patients easier access to the device and its faster speed mean patients spend less time being scanned. 

The new CT allows the Plaza’s Medical Imaging department to perform a wide variety of patient scans, including specialized orthopedic and sinus scans, and some angiography studies.  The Sparks Medical Plaza is located at 1500 Dodson Ave., Fort Smith.