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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Technology at Hamon Tower

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I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”

The opening of Hamon Tower at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas this month brings with it a new generation of imaging technology for North Texas. Texas Health Dallas will be the first facility in Texas to offer FLASH CT, a new type of computed tomography scan that promises to better image internal organs while using less radiation than traditional CT technology.

Cardiac imaging with traditional “CAT” scans often requires giving medications to slow a patient's heart rate in order to produce a crisper image of the heart muscle and surrounding tissue. The new FLASH CT will produce 3-D, color images of internal organs with the snap of a finger, and without the need for heart-slowing medications.

Hamon Tower will also add two magnetic resonance imaging machines to the advanced medical technologies already available at Texas Health Dallas.

Surgeons on the medical staff at Texas Health Dallas were the first in North Texas to use the daVinci Si surgical robot, the next generation of robotic-assisted surgery systems. And in 2006, neurosurgeons at Texas Health Dallas were the first in the United States to utilize BrainSUITETM technology in a state-of-the-art operating room that provides real-time, decision-making information during brain surgery.

These are just a few examples of Texas Health Dallas’ commitment to investing in medical technologies that promise to help us catch diseases earlier and treat them more efficiently.

For our faith-based family of hospitals — Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Arlington Memorial — I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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