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CHA Enhances Patient Safety with Low-Dose CT Scanning
Posted Date: 12/7/2012
Cambridge, Mass. - Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) has upgraded its Computed Tomography (CT) equipment to enhance patient safety and improve imaging. The CT units at the Cambridge and Whidden Hospital campuses now have GE ASiR dose reduction technology, which minimizes radiation exposure to patients and staff, as well as other advanced applications that improve cardiac and vascular tests.

“With this new technology in place, we are able to improve the diagnosis of health issues and our interventions while reducing radiation,” says Chief of Radiology Carol Hulka, MD. “The advanced software constantly adjusts the radiation dose during the CT scan to expose patients to the minimum amount of radiation necessary to provide the best images. Studies show that the radiation dose is reduced up to 40% with no adverse effects to the image quality. So this is a win-win for our patients.”

Cambridge Health Alliance’s Department of Radiology is recognized by the American College of Radiology (ACR) for its high standards. In addition to having national CT accreditation, it has also achieved ACR accreditation for Ultrasound and is a national ACR Center of Excellence for Breast Imaging. These achievements reflect the skill of CHA staff in controlling radiation dose and ensuring image quality. To schedule a radiology test at any CHA facility, please call 617-665-1298.

Cambridge Health Alliance is an integrated, award-winning health system that provides high quality care in Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities. It includes three hospital campuses, a network of primary care and specialty practices, and the Cambridge Public Health Dept. CHA is a Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate and is also affiliated with Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and Tufts University School of Medicine. For more information, visit www.challiance.org.
 


Cambridge Health Alliance is a vital and innovative community health system that provides essential services to Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities. It includes three hospital campuses, a network of primary care and specialty practices, and the Cambridge Public Health Department. CHA is a Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate and is also affiliated with Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and Tufts University School of Medicine.