Welcome to my blog!
I’m Sally Harris, manager of the Imaging Center, Hudson Hospital & Clinic. I’d like to talk about subjects that interest all of us. On my mind every day is how we can reduce your exposure to ionizing radiation. Did you know Hudson Hospital Imaging Center recently purchased a new 160-slice CT scanner? The decision to replace our CT scanner was due in large part, to the incredible advancements in radiation reduction by equipment manufacturers. On average, this scanner can reduce your exposure by 35 to 40% from earlier CT scanners.
This is accomplished by a number of methods:
- Adaptive Iterative Dose Reduction-This refers to a computer software program used to improve the detail in the image. This allows us to use less radiation to produce a good diagnostic image for the radiologist & referring physician.
- Adaptive Noise Reduction: This software reduces “noise” in the image giving us more definition between body parts.
- MA Modulation Software: Automatically changes the radiation exposure based on the size or thickness of the body part being imaged.
Active Collimation: Only the body parts being scanned are exposed to radiation. The x-ray tube changes the radiation opening, adjusting for thinner areas of the body as it scans.
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