The new computerised axial tomography (CAT) system at the Hospital La Inmaculada del Área de Gestión Sanitaria Norte de Almería (AGSNA) has performed nearly 10,000 tests since it was renovated in July 2022. Specifically, 9,962 examinations have been carried out with this latest generation equipment, which provides high quality images in a wide range of clinical applications, allowing for greater precision and patient comfort and less radiation.
During his visit to the room where the new equipment is located, the regional delegate for Health and Families, Juan de la Cruz Belmonte, highlighted the importance of providing this regional hospital with a second CAT scanner “which reinforces the proximity of the most advanced technologies for the population of eastern Almeria”. Belmonte detailed that “this is the renovation of the system installed in 2009, which has gone from 16 to 64 cuts”. He also recalled that “the regional hospital has another piece of equipment purchased in 2020”. The regional health delegate detailed that “La Inmaculada 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 which 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 through the Recovery and Resilience Mechanism – NextGeneration EU, a financial instrument of the C18.I1 Investment Plan for High Technology Equipment in the NHS, part of the Spanish Government’s Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan.
The Huercal-Overa hospital centre was performing an annual average of 8,000 CT scans in 2021. 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.