What is Low Radiation CT?

Dr. Jennifer Turner and CT

One of the biggest concerns patients have about medical imaging is the exposure to radiation. Though the amount of radiation exposure in imaging is usually very small, the fact that there is exposure at all is unsettling for many people. While concerns about the radiation used in imaging are valid, it’s important to recognize that everyone – regardless of imaging scans – is subject to constant environmental radiation from sources such as the sun and radioactive elements found in the earth. That’s not to say that the radiation from imaging is inconsequential, but radiation is more common than many people realize, and in many situations, the benefits that come from medical imaging outweigh the very small amounts of radiation that a patient may be subject to during a scan.

Low Radiation CT drastically reduces the amount of radiation used in imaging without compromising image resolution. Low Radiation CT can limit patient radiation exposure between 50% and 200% depending on the type of exam. Less radiation makes Low Radiation CT a better option for children and patients who are concerned about radiation than other types of CT scanners.

MANA uses a Toshiba Aquilion CT for Low Radiation CT scans. There’s no way around using radiation for CT scans, however the Aquilion CT ensures that patients are exposed to minimal amounts of radiation while still capturing a high quality image.

There are also other benefits to MANA’s Low Radiation CT. In addition to low-dose radiation technology and high resolution imaging, the Aquilion CT scanner is equipped with a the largest available table width and shortest available bed height for easy access and maximum comfort and accessibility for patients. All imaging is conducted by board certified radiologists.

For more information about Low Radiation CT scans, how to prepare for your CT scan, or to schedule a CT exam, visit our page.