Archive for November, 2012

November 30, 2012

Imaging Healthcare’s 9th Annual Charity Golf Tournament Raises Over $85,000 For Fresh Start

Our 9th annual charity golf tournament was held on Monday, October 29, 2012 with all proceeds benefiting Fresh Start Surgical Gifts. This was the first year we held the tournament at the exclusive Del Mar Country Club and it was our most successful tournament to date. The 108 golfers were treated to a fun filled day of food and beverages on the course as well as activities on the holes such as complimentary massages and prize opportunities. Dinner and awards followed with Hank Bauer as our Master of Ceremonies who also performed our live auction and raffle giveaways. Fresh Start’s CEO Shari Brasher introduced a very special guest speaker, Beloved Jefeti, who became a Fresh Start patient in 2010 and has since received over $100,000 in donated medical care from Fresh Start’s organization. Fresh Start Surgical Gifts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit who provide reconstructive plastic surgery and related services to children and young adults with physical deformities. All services are provided free of cost to these families. Our event raised over $85,000 for Fresh Start which will help future patients like Beloved get the medical care they need. Please join us for our 10th annual tournament in 2013 (TBD) that will surely be an anniversary event to remember! Thank you again to all of our sponsors, golfers, volunteers, and vendors who made this year’s event such a huge success!

November 6, 2012

Imaging Healthcare Specialists Develops Successful Radiation Dose Reduction Program, Reducing Patient Radiation Exposure Up to 90 Percent

Reston, VA (Nov. 5, 2012) — According to an article in the November issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology, Imaging Healthcare Specialists, has implemented a successful radiation dose reduction program, reducing radiation exposure by up to 90 percent in some patients.

“In the past decade, there have been unparalleled technological advances and growth in CT imaging, with many lives saved and more costly and invasive procedures avoided. This growth in CT imaging, however, has also been accompanied by an unavoidable increase in cumulative radiation exposure to the public,” said John O. Johnson, MD, author of the article.

At Imaging Healthcare Specialists, a highly successful program of radiation dose reduction was created, and dose savings of up to 90 percent have been achieved in select patients.

“Our primary focus was to reduce radiation dose for CT examinations of the chest, abdomen and pelvis because these constitute the most frequent studies in our practice and those with the highest radiation dose. Ultimately, all imaging protocols were revised,” said Johnson.

The following dose reduction strategies were developed over months of careful computed tomography (CT) dose adjustment and imaging analysis:

  • Decreased Peak Kilovoltage
  • Low-dose Automatic Dose Modulation
  • Decreased Length of Coverage
  • Pitch
  • Iterative Reconstruction and Noise Reduction Software

In addition, the imaging facility focused on limiting double scans and multiphase examinations; performing low-dose follow-up CT examinations; and the use of iterative reconstruction and noise reduction software. A low-dose strategy for CT-guided biopsies was also developed.

“To implement such a program requires dedication, leadership and commitment. Key components include a lead CT physician, a lead CT technologist, a CT applications specialist, a continuous feedback loop and systems in place to educate staff members and audit compliance,” said Johnson.

“It is possible to perform high-quality CT at a fraction of the radiation dose previously thought possible. Using a combination of dose reduction strategies with or without iterative reconstruction, risks can be minimized, thereby ensuring the health and welfare of our patients,” he said.