Sunbury patients now have access to improved hospital services thanks to a new CT scanner installed last week at Kyneton District Health.

From this month, local residents are being spared trips out of town for CT scans.

Kyneton District Health chief executive Maree Cuddihy welcomed the expanded services for people across the Macedon Ranges.

“It was important for KDH to collaborate with Lake Imaging to create space on site for this local service to local people,” she said.

Lake Imaging western region clinical director Tony French said it was important to provide people in regional areas with high- quality service.

“This new CT scan machine at Kyneton hospital removes the need and expense associated with unwell people having to travel outside their community for medical imaging,” Dr French said. “A routine scan of the brain takes less than 10 seconds and produces almost 1000 fine-detail images of the area. The images can be available on the same day for the referring doctor to review, which makes it a valuable service for local GPs and their patients.”

Radiographer Grant Mutch, who has been taking X-rays at Kyneton hospital for nine years, said he was committed to providing access to quality medical services.

The Siemens 16-Slice system installed at Kyneton is capable of performing CT examinations of the brain, sinus, spine, chest, extremity, abdomen and pelvis areas.

Examinations not requiring injection of X-ray dye are performed daily between 9.30am and 5.30pm. Contrast examinations using dye in the blood are performed Tuesday and Thursday between 9.30am and noon.