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Pioneers Memorial Continues Growth in Medical Imaging & New Physicians

Local Valley Physician Comes Back to Join Intervention Radiology Team  

(BRAWLEY, CA) – In order to meet the growing demand of Imperial Valley patients, improve clinical and operational capabilities and reduce radiation dose in CT imaging, Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District has invested in an additional TOSHIBA Aquilion 64 CT SYSTEM with the VeloCT console. This cutting edge technology will improve image quality without having to sacrifice patient safety and the radiation dose on this upgraded system is 40% less than the previous version. The equipment purchase of Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District’s Toshiba Aquilion 64 to ENCORE VeloCT includes many benefits to patients, technologists, and physicians. The investment shows the commitment ofPioneers Memorial Healthcare District’s mission to provide quality healthcare and compassionate service for the families of the Imperial Valley.

Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District also proudly welcomes Dr. George Rapp, a native of the Imperial Valley, to the growing family of medical professionals here at Pioneers Memorial Hospital. Dr. Rapp returns to the Imperial Valley from the University of Southern California, where he recently completed a Fellowship in Vascular and Interventional Radiology. Prior to that, he completed his formal Residency training in Diagnostic Radiology at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine where he also completed his Internship in General Surgery. Dr. Rapp received his Medical Degree from the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, and obtained his undergraduate degree at California State University, Chico.

At Pioneers, Dr. Rapp joins Dr. Shahrouz Tahvilian as a Vascular and Interventional Radiologist. Using advanced imaging techniques including X-ray, CT scans, and ultrasound, Drs. Tahvilian and Rapp are able to diagnose and treat through minimally invasive methods a wide variety of diseases including venous and arterial diseases, many forms of cancer, gastrointestinal and genitourinary disorders, and traumatic injuries among many other diseases and problems.

These additions to the Radiology Department of Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District, an affiliate of the Scripps Health Network, further bolster PMHD as the foremost location for medical imaging in the Imperial Valley.

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