An estimated 50 million computed tomography (CT) scans occur in the U.S. each year. CT scans enable an assessment for the status of conditions such as stroke and cancer. However, radiation can be a concern for children and patients undergoing cancer treatment. To address this concern, Bon Secours DePaul is home to a new, low-dose radiation CT unit that delivers clear images to the physician, while emitting less radiation when scanning the patient.
“Exposure to radiation accumulates over the course of your life,” said Harry Allen, MD, chairman of the radiology department at Bon Secours DePaul. “Our low-radiation CT unit decreases the radiation dose up to 50 percent, which makes a difference for some patients.”
Most patients should not be concerned about the radiation exposure from a CT scan, but low-radiation CT scans can be a great option for those concerned about repeat exposure.