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.

70% Less Radiation

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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.

Long term analysis of young adults undergoing CT scans shows

A long-term analysis of nearly 22,000 young adults undergoing CT scans shows that they are at far greater risk of dying from underlying disease than from radiation-induced cancer, according to a study in Radiology. Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital found that among patients getting chest CT scans, 7.1% died during the study’s 5.5-year follow-up period; […]

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One-third of patients unaware of rad exposure with CT, cardiac SPECT

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Risk vs Reward

When does the benefit outweigh the risk when it comes to radiation from CT scanning?  If cancer goes undetected or progresses because the fear of radiation risk from the test itself stops a patient from being scanned.  Please see the below article from MedPage Today: Link to Article

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American Lung Association officially supports Low-Dose CT Lung Screening

Following close on the heels of research support for early detection of lung cancer using Low-Dose CT Lung Screening, the American Lung Association now officially supports the screening test for heavy smokers and former smokers. The recommendation reflects research results issued by both Health Affairs, a medical journal, and the U.S. National Cancer Institute. This […]

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Population-Based Research Study Finds Distinct Link between Dental X-Rays and Meningioma Brain Cancer

April’s issue of the journal Cancer releases research results firmly linking dental x-rays and meningioma, the most common form of brain cancer in the United States. The risk appears to increase with repeated exposure or early-age use of bitewing, full-mouth, and panorex dental x-rays, although authors are cautious about extending the link to new, lower-dose […]

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Actuarial Study predicts that 15,000 lives and $285 million could be saved each year with Lung Cancer Screening

Health Affairs, a medical journal, released the results of a study done by healthcare actuaries revealing that Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer screening for high-risk patients could save many thousands of lives and millions of healthcare dollars each year. The study will likely increase the chances that lung cancer screening will becomes more widely accepted and […]

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Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) finds radiation from most medical imaging procedures “low or nonexistent”

The AAPM, a professional organization of almost 8,000 medical physicists, has issued a position statement that questions the dangers of radiation levels resulting from medical diagnostic imaging procedures and stresses the need to reduce speculation about the links between diagnostic imaging and cancer incidence. In a position statement issued last month, the reputable nonprofit organization […]

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AMA Adopts Policies Aimed at Decreasing Unneccessary Radiation Exposure

As reported by By Kevin B. O’Reilly, amednews staff. Posted Nov. 28, 2011. The American Medical Association (AMA) approved new policies aimed at preventing overexposure to radiation and decreasing patients’ lifetime exposure to radiation from diagnostic tests such as computed tomography. The AMA voted to support education and standards for the medical personnel who use […]

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

As we heighten our awareness of breast cancer during the month of October, we focus on the importance of mammography in early detection. At Montclair Radiology, we are committed to achieving the highest image quality at the lowest radiation exposure. Many of our patients have concern about radiation and frequently ask us about the dose […]

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Thyroid Shields Made Available at Montclair Radiology

After much careful consideration, research, and testing, Montclair Radiology is now offering thyroid shields for our patients visiting any of our three offices.  The shields are intended to essentially eliminate radiation absorbed by the thyroid during x-ray procedures such as mammograms and bone density tests. They are available upon request at the time of appointment […]

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