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Tri-Cities Cancer Center Awaiting New 'LightSpeed' Scanner

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Posted: September 25, 2007 6:50 p.m.

KENNEWICK, Wash.--Tri-Cities Cancer Center is a referral service only. Meaning, once someone is diagnosed, they start creating a treatment plan.

With their current CT Scanner and simulator, an average imaging session takes 30 minutes. With the new General Electric LightSpeed RT CT scanner, imaging time drops from 30 minutes to 2.5minutes. The $800,000 dollar machine is much larger than the current scanner and can take 16 images per second. This is just what Tri-Cities Cancer Center needs.

"We really wanted a scanner that we could put a patient on and get a scan as quickly as possible, get the patient up and back into their normal life," says Radiation Oncologist, Dr. Sheila Rege.

Dr. Rege says the LightSpeed scanner does the work of two machines. It means more accurate treatment plans for patients. And in the world of radiation oncology, staff members say accuracy is crucial.

New scanner should be available by the end of the year.