FARMINGTON – Rita Porter, clinical care specialist at Franklin Access, recently made a donation to the Franklin Memorial Hospital Radiology Department to cover the cost of a blanket warmer for the computed tomography suite.

Kim Turner, radiology director, said the CT room must be kept at a specific temperature because of the computer and electronic technology involved. The temperature may be uncomfortable for some patients, especially those who are ill or injured. Providing a warm blanket increases the comfort of the patient, which helps reduce anxiety and increase relaxation.

The hospital’s 64-slice CT scanner provides detailed, cross-sectional views of all types of tissue to help physicians obtain the information needed to diagnose disease and life-threatening illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and stroke. In cases of trauma, CT can identify injuries to the liver, spleen, kidneys or other internal organs.

Turner has ordered the blanket warmer and expects the new equipment to be in use by the end of January.

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