Jul 06, 2021 by Philips Healthcare
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Incisive CT scanner helps rural hospital get to the heart of the matter

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Adam Volluz RT(R), (CT) (ARRT)

Imaging Department Manager, Ferry County Health, Republic, WA, USA.


Replace a 16-slice Toshiba CT scanner to enable new cardiac imaging capabilities and better serve the patient community.


Collaborate with Philips to purchase an Incisive CT scanner, enabling this rural medical center to perform cardiac studies and serve a patient population with high BMIs and co-morbidities.


When Philips Incisive CT is installed, Volluz anticipates being able to perform advanced cardiac scans, greatly reduce reconstruction times and overall increase revenue by being able to serve patients at Ferry County Health instead of sending

them to larger hospitals.*

Ferry County Health is a 25-bed critical access hospital located in Republic, WA, a commercial logging community that shares its northern border with Canada and is home to just 2,000 people.


Imaging manager, Adam Volluz, who was also raised in Republic, feels dedicated to the hospital mission to “strengthen the health and well-being of our community through partnership and trust.”


This mission came to the forefront when Volluz says he had to rely on trust when making the critical investment in a new CT for their facility.


“We were ranked unhealthiest county in Washington state back in 2019,” he recalls. “We have a lot of chest-pain patients coming through the ER. We had been offering everything else, but cardiac imaging.”

Ferry County Memorial Hospital

Making a change to better care for the needs of area patients

During the meetings with Philips, Volluz was originally hesitant to change vendors to a new solution, however he said that he quickly recognized that the Philips team was treating him as a valued partner and worked on finding the best solution for his facility and his patients.


The Incisive CT is going to bring a lot of new diagnostic features to his hospital including better capabilities in managing critical emergency patients. However, the feature he says he is most excited about offering is the Cardiac Plus SW, which will allow Ferry County to conduct calcium scoring and other advanced cardiac exams which they were previously unable to support.


Precision cardiac imaging for the hardest-to-scan patients

The rapid motion of the heart, in combination with the small size of blood vessels, make Computed Tomography Angiography (CTA) one of the most challenging CT scans to perform.

Although recent innovations have helped overcome these challenges, certain patients are still difficult to scan including those with coronary artery stents and bypass grafts, heart rates over 65 bpm, high BMIs and arrhythmias.


Philips Incisive CT features a fast 0.35-second gantry rotation speed that improves temporal resolution by 30% in cardiovascular studies1 and post-processing algorithms that allow for exams such as retrospective tagging, calcium scoring acquisition and analysis, cardiac coronary artery analysis, and cardiac function analysis.


Imagine acquisition and reconstruction: speed and diagnostic certainty

In addition to having the ability to perform cardiac imaging, Volluz says image acquisition and reconstruction will be the biggest benefits of Incisive CT to his patients.

They looked at our community hospital as a partnership. They saw the value in building relationships. That to me, showed a lot of integrity. We got a very nice product for a very reasonable price.”

Adam Volluz, RT(R), (CT), (ARRT)

Imaging Department Manager, Ferry County Health Republic, WA USA

[Right now] our biggest time delays are in image acquisition and reconstruction. With our current CT, we’re waiting anywhere between 10 to 15 minutes for a full trauma series to reconstruct, prior to being able to get images off to the radiologist. We’re probably going to be able to cut that time by a lot [with the Incisive CT] – one to

two minutes; max 5 minutes for reconstruction speeds. What that means is that ER receiving doctors at tertiary hospitals are going to be able to evaluate those images even before patients are on helicopter ready to go out. That is going to be a huge boost to our community.”

Adam Volluz, RT(R), (CT), (ARRT)

Imaging Department Manager, Ferry County Health Republic, WA USA

More volume, less fear.

With their previous CT system, the hospital was averaging three CT exams a day, and Volluz expects the number to greatly increase with the Incisive CT.


The Incisive CT’s OnPlan patient-side gantry controls feature a simplified and intuitive workflow directly from the scanner, and are proven to decrease time to results by 19%.2


The gantry controls also enable techs to do more directly from the scanner, including setup and pre-scan adjustments. More time spent by the patient’s side can make them less anxious.

I’ve been doing CT [imaging] for 16 years. The workflow with this piece of equipment; that’s what really sold me. We have a lot of scared, elderly patients and being able to stand by

their side without stepping out for a 5 to 10-second scan, it is super important to them.”

Adam Volluz, RT(R), (CT), (ARRT)

Imaging Department Manager, Ferry County Health Republic, WA USA

Benefits Ferry County Health hopes to achieve*

  • Increased scan volume
  • Increased clinical confidence in radiologists
  • Expanded clinical capabilities including advanced cardiac imaging
  • Increased acquisition and reconstruction times

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By upgrading to Philips Incisive CT, Ferry County Health is keeping pace with technology and offering innovations that were once only available two and a half hours away in Spokane. With advanced scanning capabilities, precision images that help promote clinical confidence and acquisition and reconstruction times that benefit trauma patients, Volluz is well positioned to realize increased revenue by not having to send patients away to larger hospitals. He also has peace of mind in knowing that Ferry County Health is capable of taking care of its own.

  1. When compared to 0.5 second rotation speed.
  2. According to the definition of AI from the EU High-Level Expert Group. Based on a study performed at Oz Radiology Group, Queensland, Australia. Results from case studies are not predictive of results in other cases. Results in other cases may vary.

*Results will vary. They are specific to the institution where they were obtained and may not reflect the results achievable at other institutions

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