New York Oncology Hematology has purchased a new mobile cancer screening machine from General Electric Company (NYSE:GE). The cancer care givers showcased its new $1.5 million mobile PET/CT scanner on Thursday at its location at 400 Patroon Creek Blvd. The new machine will be used in region covering Hudson, Clifton Park and Amsterdam. The mobile scanner will replace the old one which has been in use for some time.
Increasing the capacity of the health facility
According to NYOH director of radiation and imaging Megan Farrar, the new machine will have the capacity to scan over 100 patients every month. The new facility is 80,000 pounds in weight and can be driven for over 100 miles in a week. This will allow it serve patients from different locations that are far apart.
According to Farrar, the machine will be able to return the investment within a short period of time. He said that when they brought in the new machine to replace the old one, they were motivated by the need to offer patients with high quality technology. He added that before they bought the machine, they were well aware that they have the numbers in terms of demand and this will make the investment valuable both to the patients as well as NYOH.
More powerful than the three-ring unit
GE Healthcare designed the facility’s four-ring technology that is located inside. This machine is very powerful compared to the three-ring unit. It takes half the amount of radiation used in the three-ring unit to scan. Additionally, it scans twice faster than the three-ring one and its images are twice as clear. It will allow doctors to attend to more patients within a shorter period of time.
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Sean Mulligan, a molecular imaging and computed tomography product expert, who was also part of the team that designed the machine say the unit has a big comparative advantage as it can accommodate more patients on the scanner during the day. According to Mulligan, the machine has the highest number of rings ever installed on a mobile unit. NYOH operates a five-ring fixed facility at Albany Med.