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SITKA – As a way to further improve clinical and operational quality and increase patient safety by reducing the radiation dose in CT imaging, Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital (MEH) has upgraded its existing CT system to a state-of-the-art 64 row, 128 slice Toshiba CT scanner. Using Toshiba’s newest technology (AIDR 3D and VELO CT software) means patients now have access to the lowest radiation exposure capabilities in Sitka.
Patient safety is of the utmost importance and an objective to which SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) is dedicated. The 128 slice CT creates a radiation dose protocol unique to the patient and exam, helping to eliminate unnecessary radiation exposure. The new system reduces the radiation in an adult scan by more than 50%, pediatric scans by up to 80%, and decreases the time it takes to perform the exam by 65% or more.
“Our CT is used for pediatric, orthopedic, cardiac, and ER patients at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital. The system can maintain a lower radiation dose for patients who are the most sensitive and those who receive multiple exams,” explained Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital Administrator, Jeff Prater. “Our goal is to always provide the highest quality care possible for our patients in Sitka by investing in the best technology.”
It is important to note that the VeloCT with AIDR 3D not only allows Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital staff to manage the radiation exposure to patients, but it does so without compromising diagnostic image quality which is critical to expedient and accurate diagnoses.