In the short time since its grand opening on November, 18, the new Medical Imaging Suite at Grace Cottage Hospital has already begun to improve patient care in Townshend, Vermont. And this is only the beginning.

Flinging dirt at the Groundbreaking Ceremony in June, 2011.

“The patients who have used the new space love the privacy of the self-contained suite,” says Director of Diagnostic Imaging Angie Clark. “And if more than one type of imaging is needed, such as ultrasound and CT, it’s easy to move from one room to another within the imaging suite.”

The new suite, a 20′ x 40′ expansion on the back of the Grace Cottage facility near the ER, houses several state-of-the-art devices for diagnosing patient needs including a CT scanner, ultrasound machine, digital X-ray, and bone density machine.

“Keeping up with changes in technology can be very expensive for a small, rural hospital, but it’s absolutely necessary.” Mick Brant, CEO

Thanks to donations and grants from a very generous community of supporters, just over $712,000 has been raised to date in donations and pledges, with under $90,000 left to go to reach our goal.

“This project represents a big step forward in patient care at Grace Cottage,” Brant added. “The newly installed 40-slice CT scanner scans quickly and with less radiation than the old 4-slice machine.”

The new CT room and 40-slice scanner.

So what is a CT-scanner anyway? “CT” stands for Computerized Tomography. Rather than sending a single X-ray through the body, as with ordinary X-rays, CT scanners send several beams simultaneously from different angles. A computer then assembles the images into a three dimensional model that is much more detailed than traditional X-rays.

Being able to offer these new kinds of imaging helps patients at Grace Cottage “get a convenient, rapid and accurate diagnosis, which in some situations is life saving,” says Dr. Robert Backus.

Grace Cottage is very grateful for the ongoing support of its patients and community. We look forward to using this new suite to better serve our patients in the future.

It’s not too late to have your name on the Medical Imaging Suite donor wall – contact Andrea or Mary at Grace Cottage Foundation at (802) 365-9109 if you would like to make a gift.

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