New imaging technology available to Blue Ridge Regional Hospital patients

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (May 18, 2016) – Blue Ridge Regional Hospital is excited to announce the addition of a 64-slice GE Optima 660 CT Scanner to their Imaging Services Department. This new state-of-the-art technology delivers better diagnostic imaging with the potential for a lower dose of radiation, which is particularly important in pediatric patients.

In addition to lower doses of radiation, the 64-slice GE Optima 660 CT Scanner offers:

  • Comfort for patients of all ages and virtually all sizes
  • Faster processing of images than possible with previous scanners
  • A broad range of scans such as cardiac, angiography, brain, chest, abdomen, orthopedic and more

“We are pleased to be able to make this investment in upgrading our CT scanning capabilities and in offering an even higher level of service to our patients. This is just one way we are ensuring that the best possible care is provided for members of our community for years to come,” said Rebecca Carter, MSN, RN, FACHE, President of Blue Ridge Regional Hospital.

About Blue Ridge Regional Hospital

Blue Ridge Regional Hospital (BRRH) is a not-for-profit community hospital serving Mitchell, Yancey, lower Avery and upper McDowell counties. Located in Spruce Pine, North Carolina, BRRH is licensed for 46 beds and has about 410 employees, including 82 RNs.  A member of Mission Health, BRRH offers medical specialties to include emergency services, OB services, critical care, rehabilitation services and fitness center, cancer services, orthopedics, general surgical services, pain management, pediatrics and family medicine.  For more information, please visit

About Mission Health

Mission Health, based in Asheville, North Carolina, is the state’s sixth-largest health system and was recognized as one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems from 2012-2015 by Truven Health Analytics, formerly Thomson Reuters, becoming the only health system in North Carolina to achieve this recognition.  Mission Health operates six hospitals, numerous outpatient and surgery centers, post-acute care provider CarePartners, long-term acute care provider Asheville Specialty Hospital, and the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center.  With approximately 10,700 employees and 2,000 volunteers, Mission Health is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the people of western North Carolina. For more information, please visit or @MissionHealthNC.

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