An Analysis of the Need for a Whole-Body CT Scanner at US Darnall Army Community Hospital
Master's thesis Jul 1979-Jul 1980
ACADEMY OF HEALTH SCIENCES (ARMY) FORT SAM HOUSTON TX HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION
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Computerized Axial Tomography CT Scanners are high dollar items presently authorized at all US Army Medical Centers where workload has justified their acquisition. No Army medical treatment facility smaller than a Medical Center has a CT Scanner. This study attempts to determine whether Darnall Army Community Hospital, Ft Hood, Texas, can document sufficient need to procure a whole body CT Scanner. As a baseline for the study, the National Guideline of 2500 patient examinations per year or 208 per month to justify a CT Scanner was used. Average monthly procedures performed on original Darnall patients at civilian or military medical facilities approached 110 to 120 per month- significantly below the baseline. The author did not recommend procuring a CT scanner, but suggested that a survey be conducted again at a later date after physicians become thoroughly educated on the diagnosing capabilities and advantages of this piece of equipment.
- Medicine and Medical Research