MANA Introduces Low Radiation CT for Safer Patient Exams

by Carole Masterson

MANA Doctors Invest in Patient Safety with Low Radiation CT Scanner

FAYETTEVILLE, AR, February 12, 2014 – To make CT exams as safe and accurate as possible for patients, MANA Imaging located at Fayetteville Diagnostic Clinic, has acquired a low radiation CT Scanner the newest dose reduction technology from Toshiba.

The low radiation CT from Toshiba reduces radiation dose, enabling safer CT exams for patients, while maintaining the image quality needed for diagnoses. Physicians use CT scanning to get a very detailed 3-D image of certain parts of the body, such as soft tissues, the pelvis, blood vessels, the lungs, the brain, abdomen, and bones.

“The concern about radiation exposure, particularly in children, makes investing in a low radiation CT an investment in our patients’ safety,” said Paula Maxwell, Chief Operations Officer for Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas (MANA).

“The radiation dose reduction we are achieving is very important, especially for the pediatric population,” explained Murray T. Harris, M.D., a diagnostic radiologist at MANA Imaging. “Using the low radiation dose CT, we are able to reduce the radiation dose to the patient by 50% to 200% with no reduction in image quality compared to standard CT scanners.”

AIDR 3D is Toshiba’s third-generation iterative dose reconstruction software that incorporates significant system enhancements by reducing radiation dose compared with conventional scanning. It is a sophisticated algorithm designed to work in both the raw data and image data space, reducing noise while attempting to maintain image quality.

About MANA Imaging

MANA Imaging offers CT, 3-T MRI, Bone Density, X-ray, Arterial Doppler, and Ultrasound services in Fayetteville. MANA’s highly trained and experienced team of radiogists includes diagnostic radiologists, Murray T. Harris, MDJennifer M. Turner, M.D.; musculoskeletal imaging specialists, Thomas W. Hinton, M.D. and  Benjamin Lowery, M.D.; and a neuroradiology specialist, Vanessa Hardin, M.D. MANA Imaging provides expert diagnosis for physicians and patients across Northwest Arkansas. MANA Imaging is a department within MANA.

MANA physicians and clinics have a reputation for excellence as leaders in the healthcare community for over 50 years. MANA physicians are committed to improving the quality of life by providing quality care, the best technology available and compassionate, experienced staff. MANA is an independent group of physicians (70) with 18 clinics across Northwest Arkansas that are owned and operated by physicians including FirstCare Family Doctors (6), Fayetteville Diagnostic Clinic, Bentonville Specialty Clinic, The Breast Center (2), Northwest Arkansas Pediatric Clinic (2), MediServe Walk-In Clinics (2), Renaissance Women’s Healthcare, MANA MRI, MANA Health Services and Neurological Associates. For more information visit

About Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc.

With headquarters in Tustin, Calif., Toshiba America Medical Systems (TAMS) markets, sells, distributes and services diagnostic imaging systems, and coordinates clinical diagnostic imaging research for all modalities in the United States. For more information, visit the TAMS website at



February 12, 2014/Carole Masterson/Comment