San Antonio, TX  – Methodist Hospital | Stone Oak hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the arrival of our newest technological advancement, the SOMATOM® Force, a dual source computed tomography (CT) scanner. This breakthrough technology makes Methodist Hospital | Stone Oak the first hospital within the Stone Oak area to offer advanced CT technology to patients and physicians, providing high accuracy, low dose, and stunning, high-resolution, information-rich images. This technology will enable advanced imaging for all patients, including some of the most challenging: young children, patients with renal insufficiency, and patients who are unable to hold their breath. It’s also fast, gentle, and spacious, – providing patients with the comfort they want, and clinicians with the confidence they need.

“Our new CT scanner represents a dramatic leap forward in our technological advancements, and exemplifies our commitment to exceptional, safe, and quality care for patients at Methodist Hospital | Stone Oak,” said Jeff Wilson, Chief Executive Officer. “It helps improve diagnostic confidence and provides a positive patient experience for even more people in our communities.”

This technology will allow physicians and staff to perform scans with freezing motion. As one of the industry’s fastest and most versatile scanning modes, it enables the user to perform an entire adult chest, abdomen, and pelvis study in only one second, so patients don’t need to hold their breath. It can also enable low-dose imaging in lung and colon exams. Patients who are diagnosed with lung or colon cancer are likely to undergo additional follow-up imaging studies that can now be delivered at a continually low dose to enable more decisive treatment and post-therapy evaluations.