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New CT Scan 'Experience' Comes to Abilene Hospital

Medical testing can be stressful for both the patient and family. But now, Hendrick Medical Center is introducing a new take on traditional CT scans, leaving patients feeling relaxed and even encouraged.
Undergoing medical testing, specifically CT scans, can be stressful for both the patient and family. But now, one Big Country hospital is introducing a new take on traditional scans, leaving patients feeling relaxed and even encouraged.

"To be able to lay on this bed and watch a beautiful, moving experience with the lights, and oh that music!", says Carolyn Cockerell, patient.

Listening to Carolyn Cockerell describe the serene sights and sounds, you'd think she just finished up at a day spa.

"It's like I was walking into a very soothing environment", Cockerell explains.

So it may come as a shock to find out that she was undergoing tests in a CT scan.

"It completely transported me from worrying about all the testing I had to do", says Cockerell.

The first of it's kind here in Texas, Hendrick Medical Center says they're proud introduce the Caring Suite--a state of the art CT scan experience.

"Before, a patient would come in a light room. And it was kind of scary, they'd have lights shining on them and things like that. Now we have a whole environment for them where they can change everything from color to sound", says Jory Lee, Radiology Department Manager at Hendrick.

No matter why an x-ray is ordered, it can no doubt leave patients feeling uneasy, as they climb into the large tunnel in a hospital lab--that is, until now.

"Patient comfort is important in a CT scan, because if you cut their anxiety, they won't move as much, and they will be more relaxed, so you can get the images you need", explains Lee.

"It was amazing, I had never been through this before. I didn't even know Abilene had these kinds of options", Cockerell tells us.
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