At Montclair Radiology we have developed low dose radiation protocols for all three of our offices that significantly reduce the amount of radiation our patients receive while maintaining image quality. In some cases the radiation is as much as 80% less.
This is made possible by several factors. Montclair Radiology has state-of-the-art Toshiba CT scanners with advanced software that can regularly achieve a radiation dose reduction of 30 – 40%. The advanced CT scan software constantly adjusts the radiation dose during the CT scan to expose you to the minimum amount of radiation necessary to provide optimal images.
In addition, we have also worked extensively with Toshiba specialists to develop scan parameters that can further reduce the radiation dose for a total decrease of up to 80%. We now have protocols in place that allows the CT technologist and the radiologist to customize scan parameters based upon the clinical history. We treat each patient as an individual and each scan is optimized for that particular patient.
For example, getting regular CT scans to follow a lung nodule (pulmonary nodule), this would mean you could possibly undergo 5 CT scans at Montclair Radiology for the same total radiation exposure of 1 scan at a different facility.
These images clearly show the lung nodule (pulmonary nodule) present with and without the radiation dose reduction protocols. These radiation reduction protocols allow for the preservation of diagnostic image quality while reducing the hazards of over-exposure from radiation.
With the concern over the relationship of medical radiation and cancer as well as the link between CT scans and radiation, it is important to minimize CT radiation dose whenever possible. Many people undergo repeated cat scans for certain medical conditions. If you have a kidney stone or history of lung nodules (pulmonary nodules), you may be subjected to significant medical radiation exposure over your lifetime. By utilizing our low dose CT scan with low radiation dose, the overall CT scan radiation risks are diminished. CT scan radiation doses vary significantly between different centers depending on equipment as well as the CT protocols. If you need a cat scan and are concerned about cat scan radiation and associated CT radiation risk, call us at Montclair Radiology and ask about our low radiation CT scans and minimize your radiation risks.