October 14, 2011

Commitment to Low-Dose CT Scans Help Ensure Patient Safety

Computed Tomography (CT) scanning, and related medical technologies, are towering milestones that have revolutionized the medical profession. Approximately 70 million CT scans are performed each year in the United States. This means that about one in five adults receive a CT scan annually. The scans, which utilize X-rays, result in cross-sectional images of the body which are successfully used to evaluate conditions of the sinus, chest, abdomen, pelvis, central nervous system, and musculoskeletal system. They have eliminated millions of exploratory surgeries and have allowed physicians to make critical diagnoses. CT imaging has become an indispensible tool in the practice of medicine.

The radiologists and technologists at Imaging Healthcare Specialists have modified existing CT exam protocols to dramatically reduce radiation dose based on a patient’s size, weight and age,” said John O. Johnson, M.D., Chief of CT Imaging at Imaging Healthcare Specialists. “Our low dose initiatives have reduced radiation exposure by as much as 90% in select patients. We are proud to be a leader in lowering radiation dose for our patients while maintaining imaging quality for our referring physicians.”

The increased use of CT scans nationwide has resulted in an unavoidable increase in cumulative radiation exposure to patients.  With the rise in radiation exposure, there is a theoretical increased risk of radiation-induced cancers.  “The natural lifetime cancer risk is 40%,” said Dr. Johnson. “Imaging Healthcare Specialists’ commitment to optimizing our CT protocols ensures that our patients receive the least amount of radiation exposure without compromising image quality, thereby reducing cancer risk.”

Imaging Healthcare Specialists has 11 offices throughout San Diego and south Riverside County, including Temecula, Oceanside, Encinitas, Poway, La Jolla, Chula Vista and San Diego.

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