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Cardiology and Radiology team members with patient Christine at Frankston Hospital.


Frankston Hospital is now home to the best and most advanced CT scanner in Australia, which is helping save lives on the Peninsula.

“Only a few hospitals in the world have this scanner,” explains Dr Manuja Premaratne, Head  of Cardiac Imaging at Peninsula Health.

“This scanner enables us to scan more patients than ever before, at a much lower radiation dose and it provides a far clearer picture – so it’s a win-win-win situation for patients on the Peninsula.”

The Computed Tomography (CT) scan is a medical imaging procedure that uses x-rays and digital computer technology to create detailed two- or three-dimensional images of the body.

The state-of-the-art machine at Frankston Hospital is being used to diagnose cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of death on the Mornington Peninsula.

Sorrento local Christine Warner is one of the first people to benefit from the new scanner since it was installed late last year.

“I was always feeling tired and I have a family history – my Dad died of a massive heart attack – so my doctor referred me to Peninsula Health to have a CT scan,” says Christine.

“The scan picked up that I had a 70% blockage in my arteries.”

The retiree had a stent put in to unblock her arteries and prevent a heart attack.

“If the blockage wasn’t detected I could have had a heart attack anytime, then my heart would have been damaged or worse,” adds Christine.

“The machine is brilliant – I’m an example of that!” CT is now the first diagnostic test for people who come to the Emergency Department with chest pain.

“Since the scan can so accurately show blockages, we are preventing heart attacks before they occur,” says Dr Premaratne.

As well as saving lives, the diagnostic tool is also helping people stay at home and to live longer.

“Even if you don’t have heart disease that needs a stent, the scan can show even the tiniest amount of disease so we can start people on medication much earlier,” adds Dr Premaratne.

“The prevention of heart disease is much more of a reality now with this scanner.”’

• Five patients are scanned with the new machine every day and this will soon increase to 10
• More than 400 stents are inserted every year at Frankston Hospital
• A heart stent unblocks arteries either to prevent a heart attack or to aid recovery

This article was first published in the Autumn edition of Connection Magazine. Read the full edition here