Stony Brook Upgrades CT Imaging Technology to Further Lower Radiation Dose
Upgrade to CT scanners reduces radiation exposure by up to 40 percent
STONY BROOK, NY, May 7, 2013 – Stony Brook University Hospital (SBUH) has enhanced its CT imaging capabilities with an advanced reconstruction technology that enables clinicians to capture high-quality images while reducing patient radiation exposure by up to 40 percent.
SBUH is one of the first state hospitals in New York to provide the new low-dose CT technology, according to General Electric, the device manufacturer. Called Variable ASiR® Adaptive Statistical Iterative Reconstruction, the technology has been combined with the hospital’s GE LightSpeed® scanners to improve both speed and power for CT procedures, according to John Ferretti, MD, interim Chair of Radiology at Stony Brook University School of Medicine.
“Reducing diagnostic radiation dose has been a key focus in the national healthcare discussion and a top priority at Stony Brook,” said Michael Poon, MD, Director of Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging at Stony Brook University Hospital and Professor of Radiology, Emergency Medicine, and Medicine (Cardiology) at Stony Brook University School of Medicine. “This latest advancement is yet another addition to the entire spectrum of dose-saving strategies we provide to our patients.
“We are dedicated to not only offering exceptional image quality and accuracy in diagnostic procedures, but also the highest levels of safety in the care we provide,” he said, “and we are proud to use the latest low-dose technology for our patients and the greater Long Island community.”
CT imaging is a critical tool to help clinicians diagnose disease and has positively impacted millions of adults and children. Historically, high quality diagnostic visuals with CT often required greater patient exposure to radiation, Dr. Ferretti said. Now, however, more innovative imaging technologies and system-specific solutions are reducing radiation dose without compromising image quality.
Photo Caption: Michael Poon, MD, Director of Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging at Stony Brook University Hospital, with the GE LightSpeed® CT scanner at the Imaging Center at 3 Edmund D. Pellegrino Road. The hospital’s CT scanners have been upgraded with an advanced reconstruction technology that enables clinicians to capture high-quality images while reducing patient radiation exposure by up to 40 percent.