New low dose CT technology at Pella Regional
PELLA — A breakthrough in computed tomography technology is enabling physicians at Pella Regional Health Center to obtain clearer images of the body and make timelier diagnoses. In September, the hospital installed the new SOMATOMDefinition AS CT scanner in the Harmeling Imaging Center. Even more importantly, the system helps achieve outstanding images at a lower dose through its innovative features. This technology is recognized by Frost & Sullivan as the industry’s most effective solution for optimizing exam speed, image quality and radiation dose exposure in CT imaging.
“CT scans have become a highly used tool for accurate diagnosis,” said Dr. Lee Henry, radiologist at Pella Regional. “But it’s important that we do as much as possible to protect patients from excessive radiation. This new equipment will help us to ensure patient safety.”
Henry and his radiology partner, Dr. Alison Smith, are able to use this CT machine to help make faster and more confident diagnosis in emergency and acute care settings, particularly in examining patients with acute chest pain, abdominal pain and suspicion of stroke. They can review results before the patient has left the table, allowing them to provide immediate feedback and quickly determine treatment options. The highest image quality can be obtained even for those patients who are obese, short of breath or who have elevated heart rates.
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