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The New Dawn Liberia The New Dawn LiberiaLiberia’s only CT scanner at the Jackson F. Doe Memorial Regional Referral Hospital in Tappita, Nimba County has broken down, Medical Director Dr. Francis Kateh, has disclosed in Monrovia. The CT scanner is medical equipment that diagnoses major sicknesses through high tech radiation process.

Dr Kateh told a regular press briefing at the Ministry of Information Tuesday, 17 March that the machine had earlier alarmed and subsequently ceased functioning.

He said local technicians have tried putting a hard drive in the scanner, but this has proved unsuccessful. 

The Medical Director also disclosed that contact have been made with manufacturer in China. The Chinese have promised to carry out a remote fixing or repair thru internet, but poor internet service in Liberia could not make this possible, according to Dr. Kateh.

However, he said two containers of Magnetic Residence Imaging or MRI that goes beyond the CT scanner are available at the hospital, adding that the MRI shows body particles in color.

Unlike the MRI, the CT scanner shows particles in black and white screen, and doctors then act on their own description to determine what is seen in the human body.

Dr. Kateh said with the MRI, work becomes easier because objects or organs in the body are clearly visible on the color screen. He however assured that hospital authorities are exerting all efforts to get the CT scanner fixed for normal operation.

By Ethel A. Tweh

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