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Jamaica Hospital now offers low-dose CT scans

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Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2013 10:30 am

CT scans are widely used across the medical field to perform diagnostic exams, and for many patients, the risk of radiation exposure is concerning. To address this concern, Jamaica Hospital Medical Center is now utilizing low-dose CT scanners in its Emergency Department and Radiology suite.

Jamaica Hospital’s state-of-the-art CT scanners boast quick scans and use high-definition technology to produce precise images, with up to a 50 percent lower dose in radiation.

“This technology is pivotal, in that we can minimize the risk of radiation exposure without compromising the quality of the images produced,” said Dr. Sabiha Raoof, Chairperson of the Department of Radiology at Jamaica Hospital. “With the increase in the volume of CT scans that are ordered by our physicians, this is a significant medical solution.”

In recent years, the alarm over the increased use of CT scans has caused many physicians to carefully evaluate their patient’s need for a CT scan. Reasoning: CT scans deliver 50 to 150 times the radiation of a chest X-ray and overexposure to radiation has been considered hazardous.

Though obtaining one CT scan poses a relatively low health risk, continual exposure to CT scans has been linked to health developments, such as cancer.

Dr. Raoof explains: “There are undoubtedly risks associated with exposure to radiation. However, it is our job as physicians to determine whether the risk of a CT scan outweighs the benefits of a CT scan. CT scans are extremely beneficial and have helped with the diagnosis and treatment of many disorders.”

CT scans are specialized X-rays that provide detailed pictures of any part of the body, for patients of all ages, and are a vital diagnostic tool. The clarity of these images help lead to accurate diagnoses, while lower doses of radiation improves patient safety.

“Comparatively, low-dose CT scans are just as effective as the traditional scanners we’ve used in the past,” said Dr. Raoof. “They yield important benefits and will be used throughout our facility, by several departments.”

CT scans are commonly used to diagnose muscle and bone disorders, determine the location of tumors and infections, guide procedures, such as surgery and radiation therapies, identify diseases and conditions, such as cancer and heart disease, and detect internal bleeding and injuries.

Jamaica Hospital’s Emergency Department has sole access to one of the low-dose CT scanners, while the other departments are able to utilize the other low-dose CT scanner for inpatient and outpatient services.

For more information on Jamaica Hospital’s low-dose CT scan, call (718) 206-6138.

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