The Hospital La Inmaculada de Huercal-Overa has renewed its second state-of-the-art computerised axial tomography (CAT) system, which provides high quality images in a wide range of clinical applications allowing for greater precision and patient comfort and less radiation.
The regional delegate for Health and Families, Juan de la Cruz Belmonte, together with the director of the North Almeria Health Management Area, José Miguel Medina, visited the renovated equipment which means that the hospital now has two state-of-the-art CAT scans. Belmonte explained that “this is the renewal of the system installed in 2009, which has been upgraded from 16 to 64 slices. The regional hospital also has another piece of equipment purchased in 2020”. He pointed out that “La Inmaculada also has new MRI equipment, new portable ultrasound scanners, high-resolution echocardiography and monitoring on the ward, which did not exist before”.
This new CAT scanner is part of the Energy Footprint Project, which already includes 75 other CAT scanners in the region and optimises the use of diagnosis through the standardisation of protocols and the reduction of the radiation used. Its incorporation is part of the High Technology Equipment Investment Plan financed by the European Union – NextGenerationEU funds.
The Huercal-Overa hospital centre performs around 8,000 CAT scans a year. A diagnostic imaging test used to help detect diseases and lesions quickly, painlessly, non-invasively, accurately and in greater detail than conventional X-ray examinations. It is generally used in oncological, trauma and infectious pathologies and infections, among others, as well as to guide biopsies and other procedures; monitor response to chemotherapy; and plan and evaluate the results of surgery and other procedures such as organ transplants or radiation treatments for tumours.