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Ascension Sacred Heart brings the latest in diagnostic imaging to Walton County

Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast is bringing a new Computed Tomography (CT) scanner to the community in order to improve diagnostic capabilities, patient safety and comfort. This equipment will offer state-of-the-art technology close to home for people in need. The upgrade was made possible by the Ascension Sacred Heart Foundation through generous donations by community members. 
"This new CT scanner is faster and more precise, which only enhances treatment for those we serve," said Bryan Walrath, President, Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast. “We are very excited to bring this new imaging technology to our community."
The new CT scanner features a large, patient-friendly scanning area, with a comfortable table and a large opening to better serve patients of all ages and sizes. It allows for more motion, like breathing, which makes it ideal for children. Additionally, it uses less radiation, further improving patient safety. The image quality is also greatly improved, allowing doctors to better diagnose and treat patients as needed. The CT scanner can be used with virtually any body part or patient type. Examples include:
Bone, muscle, tendon, ligament and soft tissue/musculoskeletal imaging 
Head and neck imaging
Lung scans and low-dose cancer screenings
Pediatric imaging
Pelvic imaging
Advanced heart imaging
“Having advanced heart imaging available for our patients will allow doctors to identify heart disease early when it is most treatable, “ said Dr. Lauren Stipp, cardiologist, Ascension Medical Group Sacred Heart. 
For a CT scan, a referral from your doctor is required. Appointments can be made by calling 850-278-3800. For more information about Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast visit 
Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast is recognized by Fortune Magazine/Merative in its 100 Top Hospitals® list in the category of Small Community Hospitals. The hospital has earned this recognition for six consecutive years. Hospitals on the list are recognized for their level of care and patient experience.

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