WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced the committee has approved the Fiscal Year 2009 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill, which includes $150,000 that Sen. Hutchison secured for a computed tomography scanner for Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi.

The bill is now ready to be considered by the full Senate.

"The pediatric imaging department at Driscoll Children's Hospital serves more than 55,000 children in South Texas annually," Hutchison said. "I am pleased to support this project."

Driscoll Children's Hospital will utilize the funding to acquire a new Multislice (64) CT Scanner for the Imaging Services Department.

Hutchison said the advanced technology would "revolutionize the quality of care for children in South Texas, and provide accurate, reliable, safe and cost-effective non-invasive diagnostic imaging procedures."