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Imaging Gently with New Low Dose CT Technology

New technology now available at Sanford significantly and gently reduces a child’s radiation exposure during a CT scan.

Imaging gently means using just the dose needed to achieve quality images. New technology now available at Sanford significantly and gently reduces a child’s radiation exposure during a CT scan. In June, Sanford Children’s Hospital became the first children’s facility in the nation to offer Adaptive Statistical Iterative Reconstruction (ASIR) technology. It works with GE’s 64-slice CT scanner to reduce radiation levels by 30 – 40 percent while still providing quality images. Prior to adding the technology, Sanford Children’s physicians and radiologists were already manually reducing radiation
levels by 30 percent. Combining ASIR with these Sanford protocols means around a 60 percent reduced exposure to patients compared to the original CT scanner.

“Although available to adults and children alike, this new technology is especially groundbreaking for children and young adults whose cells are dividing rapidly, which makes them more vulnerable and susceptible to harm,” said Charles P. O’Brien, MD, President, Sanford USD Medical Center and Sanford Children’s Hospital. “Having this technology in two locations is another example of the quality investments Sanford Children’s makes for the future and health of our young patients.”

Not only is this new technology located with the 64-slice CT scanner in Sanford Children’s Hospital, but also with the 64-slice CT scanner in Sanford’s emergency department, Trauma 5.