Cassling Connects Top Rural Hospital with State-of-the-Art CT System

by Cassling on Aug 27, 2020

Great Plains SOMATOM X.CiteGreat Plains Health reaffirms its commitment to patients by debuting the SOMATOM X.Cite, the second CT of its kind in the entire nation, an installation made possible by the team at Cassling. The SOMATOM X.Cite is capable of providing intelligent operation, interactive guidance and a variety of features that make the exam experience as comfortable as possible for patients.

Omaha, Neb. – August 27, 2020 – To meet the needs of the community for years to come, Great Plains Health has premiered one of the most cutting-edge Computed Tomography (CT) systems on the market.

The SOMATOM X.Cite from Siemens Healthineers was approved by the Food and Drug Administration at the end of 2019, and now, patients from North Platte and the surrounding community will be among the first in the country to experience the difference in image quality and patient comfort. The SOMATOM X.Cite is only the second system of its kind to be installed throughout the entire nation.

Great Plains Health worked closely with Cassling to ensure the CT was the right fit for the needs of patients in North Platte and beyond.

“We always make sure that we’re providing solutions that are the right fit for our customers,” said Cassling President Kyle Salem. “When our team sat down with Mel and his staff to discuss what their needs were, we quickly realized that North Platte and the surrounding area really are perfectly situated to benefit from this system and everything it can offer to patients. We have an opportunity here to show the country that cutting-edge tech isn’t exclusive to larger cities on the coast. Great Plains is really setting a new bar for patient care, and we’re honored to be a part of that.”

“When we were exploring our options for providing comprehensive CT exams, we also wanted to make sure we didn’t sacrifice anything related to the patient experience,” said Mel McNea, Great Plains Health CEO. “With this system, we get the best of both worlds. There are technologies onboard this CT system that wouldn’t have been available just a couple years ago, which creates so many benefits for our patients and reliable results for their providers. It’s truly aligned with our objective of encouraging innovation to improve patient care.”


The SOMATOM X.Cite features high power and resolution, consistent results from patient to patient and exam to exam, and a number of patented applications and designs. For example, the myExam Companion user interface simplifies studies with intuitive visual guides, bridging the gap between tech experience levels and reducing user error with AI guidance. In addition, the large, 82-centimeter bore creates a more open, welcoming test environment, especially for obese patients and during orthopedic and interventional procedures. The mobile workflow and tablet operation enables the Great Plains team member overseeing the procedure to spend more time interacting with the patient.

“This installation shows that Great Plains Health remains committed to providing state-of-the-art healthcare to West Central Nebraska," said Dr. Ladd Lake, radiologist. "With the addition of the Siemens SOMATOM X.Cite scanner, we will be able to provide significant advances in vascular imaging, cardiac imaging and surgical procedures requiring CT guidance. Additionally, this new scanner will allow us to accomplish these goals while providing an increased level of patient comfort.”

Cassling is an Advanced Partner and authorized sales and service organization for Siemens Healthineers. Founded in 1984 by Bob Cassling and headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, the company is committed to offering comprehensive support to healthcare providers—including world-renowned diagnostic imaging equipment, 24/7 service, project management, marketing, continuing education and everything in between. Cassling is a strong supporter of the imaging profession and believes professional development and ongoing education are essential to creating a vibrant healthcare community. Cassling helps organizations of every size, from critical access hospitals and diagnostic imaging centers to large health systems and IDNs, to increase efficiency, decrease costs and enhance patient care. Learn more at

Great Plains Health in North Platte, Nebraska, is a nonprofit, fully accredited, 116-bed regional referral center serving west Nebraska, northern Kansas and northern Colorado. In total, our primary and secondary service areas span 34 counties, 136,000 lives and approximately 67,832 square miles, about the size of the state of Pennsylvania. With nearly 100 physicians representing 30 medical specialties, the Great Plains Health system offers advanced medical services, including heart and vascular, cancer, orthopedic services, women's services, and a level III trauma center. The system employs approximately 1,100 employees and has more than 200 volunteers. The range of patient populations served includes neonatal, pediatric, adult, obstetric and geriatric. Learn more at

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