Hampton Roads Have New Low-dose CT system.


Hampton Roads is going to make use of a new low-dose CT imaging system. The new 64-slice CT unit is supported bon_souarewith advanced software that helps technicians in reducing radiation exposure by almost 40%, with enhanced image clarity. The first hospital to use the new CT system in the area is Bon Secours DePaul in Norfolk. The new unit costs $1.2 million.

Dr. Harry Allen, The chair of the Department of Radiology at DePaul, said "For patients that have repeated CT images because of cancer screening and follow up, they end up getting a fairly substantial amount of radiation over their entire lifetime.  So if you can reduce the individual dose of these images when we obtain these studies then the patient is better off for it." Crisandra Hope, a patient who had breast cancer 8 years ago and discovered that the disease was back in April 2010, agreed with Dr. Allen. She commented "When you went through what I went through, having to take a whole lot of things that involve radiation, something like this is good. I think it's fantastic," Dr. Allen noted that the new CT system can generate 64 images within one second, while imaging the whole body using this system takes less than 10 seconds. He said "That obviously is the most detailed kind of image that you could possible obtain"

Technicians satisfied with the new CT system.

On the other hand, technicians using the new CT system are expressing their satisfaction. Kimberly Christian, one of the technicians, said "It does a lot of things for you.  So we're able to get back to our patients sooner.  The images are already getting sent over and it just makes the whole process faster from the time they are on the table to the time they leave the department to the time those images go to the radiologist.. Everything is faster," The faster technology of the new CT unit provides several options that older CT scanners do not, such as reviewing blood vessels of the brain, heart, pelvis and abdomen. Dr. Allen explained "The old CT just wasn't fast enough to obtain clear images of the heart at all.  So we need technology of this magnitude to be able to basically stop the motion of the heart to be able to get a clear image of it,"