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January 9, 2014

New CT at TRMC offers higher definition, lower radiation

TIFTON —

Tift Regional Medical Center recently upgraded its CT scanner capabilities with the introduction of a new unit that provides clearer, sharper images while reducing radiation exposure by half.  

“With 128 slices, the GE Discovery CT750 HD is the world’s first high-definition CT scanner, providing unprecedented image quality that allows physicians sharper detail for a more confident diagnosis,” said Tracie Grace, RT(R), CRA, TRMC director of radiology. 

CT, which stands for Computerized Tomography, combines a series of medical imaging views taken from many different angles (or slices) and computer processing to create cross-sectional images of the bones and soft tissues inside a patient’s body.   Fears about the potential radiation dangers of CT scans have been growing nationwide in recent years, with some health experts urging doctors to think twice before ordering the scans. But with certain diseases, CT scans are hardly optional.

“Over the years, patients and physicians around the country have demanded lower doses when it comes to CT imaging to minimize cancer risks — but not at the expense of diagnostic quality,” said Grace. “The Discovery CT750 HD delivers on both imperatives.  It offers exceptional resolution and clarity while reducing radiation exposure by 50 percent.  We are thrilled to be offering this cutting-edge technology here in Tifton.”

Grace said the CT technology gives TRMC the ability to intelligently customize the radiation dose according to the patient's weight, age, medical history, and the body part being scanned.  

“This is especially important for pediatric patients, as well as patients who must receive frequent scans as a part of their care,” said Grace. “It has always been a part of our culture to reduce the dose as much reasonably possible for all exams, and this new CT unit makes it that much easier without sacrificing diagnostic integrity.”

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