Bronson Installs Area's First High Definition Low Radiation CT Scan Imaging System

April 07, 2010

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Beginning today, patients at Bronson Methodist Hospital will have access to Kalamazoo's first high definition, low radiation CT scan imaging system from GE Healthcare. The new CT scanner uses breakthrough technology that cuts radiation exposure by up to 50 percent and has higher resolution images than previous systems. Using this new technology, radiologists at Bronson will be able to see internal structures in the human body as small as a grain of sand in a single rotation.

Initially, low radiation CT scans will be offered to patients that will benefit the most from this technology: children, young adults, women and patients getting follow up or multiple scans.

CT scans are a common diagnostic tool used to assess disease or injury anywhere in the body. In the future, all of Bronson's CT scanning machines will have this low radiation technology. With 12 outpatient testing locations in southwest Michigan, Bronson continues to take the lead in accurate and effective diagnostic care.

About Bronson Methodist Hospital

Bronson Methodist Hospital, located at 601 John St. in downtown Kalamazoo, Mich., is the flagship of Bronson Healthcare Group, a not-for-profit healthcare system serving all of southwest Michigan and northern Indiana. With 380 licensed beds and all private rooms, Bronson Methodist Hospital provides care in virtually every specialty - cardiology, orthopedics, surgery, emergency medicine, neurology, oncology - with advanced capabilities in critical care as a Level I Trauma Center; in neurological care as a Joint Commission certified Primary Stroke Center; in cardiac care as the region's first accredited Chest Pain Emergency Center; in obstetrics as the leading BirthPlace and only high-risk pregnancy center in southwest Michigan, and in pediatrics as one of only six children's hospitals in the state.

Bronson serves the largest percentage of Medicaid patients in the area and provides a substantial benefit to the community through outreach and charitable care. It is the recipient of the 2005 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest presidential honor for quality and organizational performance excellence. In 2009, the hospital received the AHA McKesson Quest for Quality Prize awarded annually to only one U.S. hospital, was named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals by Thomson Reuters, and joined the top five percent of hospitals in the nation to be designated a Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence. Bronson is also ranked in the top five percent of hospitals in the nation as a 2009-10 HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence. For more information, visit

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