Franklin Memorial Upgrades CT Scanner
New technology is designed for optimal patient comfort while offering low radiation doses
December 21, 2012
Dr. Byung J. Kim, FMH medical director of medical imaging, viewing images from the CT scanner.
The Radiology Department at Franklin Memorial Hospital (FMH) recently performed a major Adaptive Statistical iterative Reconstruction (ASiR) upgrade of its 64-slice CT (computed tomography) scanner. ASiR removes unwanted noise from the raw data to maintain image quality while at the same time using a lower dose of radiation.
CT is a noninvasive medical test that provides precise imaging to help physicians rapidly obtain the information needed to diagnose and tailor treatments for various medical conditions.
“Currently all CT protocols have had their doses lowered by 30 percent except for heads which are currently being lowered by 20 percent,” said Byung J. Kim, MD, FMH medical director medical imaging. “As the technologists and radiologists spend more time using this new system, all of the protocols will continue to be assessed with the goal of reducing our radiation doses even further.”
Because CT provides detailed, cross-sectional views of all types of tissue, it is one of the best tools for studying the chest and abdomen. It is often the preferred method for diagnosing many different cancers, including lung, liver, and pancreatic cancer, since the image allows a physician to confirm the presence of a tumor and measure its size, precise location, and the extent of the tumor’s involvement with other nearby tissue.
“We’re very pleased to have this state-of-the-art technology in our Radiology Department and available for our doctors and patients,” said Dr. Kim. “This latest technology that is designed for optimal patient comfort offers low dose technologies, high-resolution images, and optimized dose levels for patient safety.
“The upgrade of this CT is an example of purchasing the right level of technology upgrade to extend the life of the scanner while making the imaging safer for our patients,” said Gerald Cayer, FMH executive vice president. “This is an example of our efforts of being good stewards in appropriately managing limited health care resources.”
“The patients’ safety is of upmost importance. Physicians now use the American College of Radiology appropriateness guideline tool, which uses evidence-based guidelines to assist physicians and other providers in making the most appropriate imaging decisions for their patients so that that imaging isn’t over or underutilized,” added Cayer. “The criteria have been shown to improve quality, reduce unnecessary exams and lower costs.”
CT services at Franklin Memorial Hospital are available 24 hours a day; outpatient appointments are available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The CT service is accredited for adult and pediatric patients by the American College of Radiology.
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