The “pole” in this case is the measurement in which area medical imaging providers perform Computed Tomography (CT) exams. As many know, CT is one imaging technique that often causes concern for people as they are very worried about the exposure to medical radiation. Of course, DIS advocates the use of CT only when deemed appropriate by a physician or other health care provider and that the benefits of the test far outweigh any risks.
However, with DIS being proactive in doing everything we can to provide maximum safety to people who undergo such studies, we are installing our second ultra-low dose CT system. Installation and testing will begin the week of May 23 to have the Hitachi Supria 16 CT operational in our Covington location.
What is ultra-low dose radiation? Ultra-low dose medical radiation entails using the lowest amount of dosage to obtain a diagnostics study. There has been a large medical initiative to reduce dosages to the lowest levels possible while still maintaining the ability to detect early stage cancers.
In addition to the even-further reduction of medical radiation used in a CT scan, another valuable benefit of our Supria technology is the comfort provided by the CT design. It has a larger opening, longer table and higher weight capacity, which all works in concert when scanning larger people. The Supria has an opening of 29.5″ (most traditional CT systems have 23.5″-27.5″ openings) and can accommodate people that weigh up to 500 pounds.
So, we don’t mind being low on the totem pole — the CT totem pole so to speak.
A vast improvement in technology. Much, much safer for people. Physicians get the results they need. Win. Win. Win.
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