Patients of the Telluride Regional Medical Center seeking care for respiratory symptoms, breaks, fractures, tumors or trauma can expect faster answers and enhanced care thanks to new equipment paid for by community donations to the Telluride Medical Center Foundation.

The new computed tomography (CT) scanner, according to Director of Trauma and Emergency Services, Dr. Diana Koelliker, will offer a profound improvement in quality of scans, particularly in terms of image reconstructions for head and spine injury and the use of angiography to determine vascular issues.

The new CT-Scanner takes the clinic’s tecnology from a 16-slice CT Scan to a 128-slice.

Jonathan Godisak, Radiology Manager at the clinic puts it this way: “We’ll have more detectors, which means larger volume coverage and shorter scan times. Shorter scan times equals less radiation per patient.”

Additionally, the 128-slice CT scanner can also adapt to provide three dimensional images for patients with orthopedic needs and prove critical in detecting internal injuries and bleeding caused by trauma.

This life-saving piece of equipment was made possible by a capital campaign that was kickstarted in 2020 by an anonymous donation of just over $100,000 and further buoyed by a $50,000 pledge from the Telluride Women Give, a philanthropic group dedicated to the community’s health care needs. The remaining $330,000 was contributed to the Telluride Medical Center Foundation by many individual donors.

“Our deepest gratitude goes to these donors who support our staff and the community with their seemingly endless generosity,” said Kate Wadley, director of the Telluride Medical Center Foundation.