New CT Scanner Upgrades Patient Care at Granville Health System


OXFORD, NC (November 8, 2016) – Granville Health System recently acquired a new Siemens Perspective 64 Slice computerized tomography (CT) scanner for patient use at Granville Medical Center. The scanner went into service on October 27, 2016. 

The new equipment will permit the Health System to perform more complex imaging studies.  It also offers increased patient comfort and faster image delivery. 

For example, the new technology will allow for coronary artery CT angiography. This test uses a CT scan and IV contrast to give providers a better picture of potential heart blockages. The addition of Cardiac CT to the imaging options at Granville Medical Center allows patients have the test performed locally and potentially avoid unnecessary, and costly, invasive procedures. 

“The acquisition of a 64 slice CT scanner allows improved visualization of blockages in the blood vessels going to the brain, legs, and the heart,” said Richard Pacca, MD, FACC of Granville Heart & Vascular. “Cardiac CT angiography is a test that allows physicians to visualize the coronary arteries to determine whether they have significant blockages that need to be fixed.  The test helps us to make a decision on cardiac catheterization.”

For patients who visit the Emergency Department with stroke symptoms, the technology features new software that tells providers exactly where the brain was attacked, in less than half the time. 

“Every minute counts in diagnosing and treating strokes,” said Fernando Lopez, MD. “The medications that are most effective in dissolving clots should be administered within 3 hours of the onset of symptoms. Using more advanced imaging equipment is an important step in that process, resulting in better outcomes for our patients.” 

The Imaging Department at Granville Medical Center will perform about 7,500 scans in 2016. The new CT scanner can complete a full body scan in about one-third of the time of the previous scanner in use. The minimized time is more comfortable for patients, and provides less radiation exposure.   

“The GHS medical staff and Board of Trustees recognized the need for the new technology and the Foundation worked with the community to provide the resources,” said CEO L. Lee Isley. “We commend this partnership for their commitment to the health of the community through the purchase of this new equipment.”

The mission of Granville Health System Foundation is to serve as a charitable resource for Granville Health System, supporting its commitment to provide quality health care to all citizens of the community. The Foundation builds support for GHS and provides financial resources to purchase new equipment, develop new services, maintain and improve facilities, and recruit new health professionals to Granville County. The Foundation made a commitment to donate funding over the next 2 years towards the purchase of a new CT Scanner. 

About Granville Health System
For more than 96 years, Granville Health System has been delivering quality health care close to home.  To meet the growing needs of our community, Granville Health System has expanded its services throughout Granville County, offering convenient access to medical care where you work and live. GHS received a number of national awards, including the Hospital of Choice Award which named Granville Health System as one of the top 100 hospitals in the country in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. GHS also received the Community Value Index Five-Star Hospital Award, placing GHS in the top 20% of hospitals in the country in offering financial value to the communities served, while reinvesting back into facilities in order to provide for current and emerging health needs. Recently, Granville Health System was named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. The GHS main campus is located at 1010 College Street, Oxford, North Carolina. For more information about Granville Health System visit GHS online at


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