WINDHAM HOSPITAL’S NEW CT SCANNING SYSTEM REDUCES RADIATION DOSE TO PATIENTS BY 40 PERCENT
Willimantic, CT - February 1, 2011 – Recent software upgrades to Windham Hospital’s computed tomography system (also known as a CT Scan or CAT Scan) reduce the radiation dose to each patient by up to 40%. The new software allows physicians and technologists to perform complex diagnostic procedures, and maintains the quality and clarity of the images gathered while achieving the reduction in exposure.
According to Steve Lee, MD, Chairman of Radiology at Windham Hospital, Windham is among the first community hospitals in Connecticut to install the new software upgrade for the GE equipment. Dr. Lee said, “We’ve always had superior CT image quality with our 64-slice scanner, but this new software is a significant breakthrough because, while it maintains the highest diagnostic image quality, it also substantially reduces the radiation dose to each patient.”
Dick Brvenik, President and CEO of Windham Hospital, said, “This new upgrade gives our clinical staff the tools to make confident diagnoses while minimizing radiation doses to patients, and we are pleased to offer this enhanced service to all patients at Windham Hospital.”
CT, or computed tomography technology, is the diagnostic exam of choice when people are ill or injured, or when a physician suspects a medical problem that is not easily detectable with a conventional physical examination. CT scans are quick and painless, and can create 3D views of complex internal body parts. The scans can be used for routine and trauma imaging, and they are particularly useful in viewing neurological, pulmonary, or cardiac problems.
Windham Hospital is a 130-bed acute care hospital serving thousands of people in northeastern Connecticut. For nearly 80 years Windham Hospital has been renowned for its outstanding physicians and extraordinary nursing care and today offers a unique combination of talent and technology in patient care as a member of Hartford Healthcare, Connecticut’s premiere healthcare system.