For Immediate Release
Natifia Mullings, Public Affairs Coordinator
CT scans are widely used across the medical field to perform diagnostic exams, and for many patients, the risk of radiation exposure is concerning. To address this concern, Jamaica Hospital is now utilizing a low-dose CT scanner.
Jamaica HospitalÛªs brand new, state-of-the-art CT scanners boast quick scans and use high-definition technology to produce precise images, with up to a 50% lower dose in radiation.
ÛÏThis technology is pivotal, in that we can minimize the risk of radiation exposure without compromising the quality of the images produced,Û said Dr. Sabiha Raoof, Chairperson of the Department of Radiology. ÛÏWith the increase in the volume of CT scans that are ordered by our physicians, this is a significant medical solution.Û
CT scans are specialized x-rays that provide detailed pictures of any part of the body, for patients of all ages, and are a vital diagnostic tool. The clarity of these images help lead to accurate diagnoses, while lower doses of radiation improves patient safety.
ÛÏComparatively, low-dose CT scans are just as effective as the traditional scanners weÛªve used in the past,Û said Dr. Raoof. ÛÏThey yield important benefits and will be used throughout our facility, by several departments.Û
CT scans are commonly used to diagnose muscle and bone disorders, determine the location of tumors and infections, guide procedures, such as surgery and radiation therapies, identify diseases and conditions, such as cancer and heart disease, and detect internal bleeding and injuries.
Jamaica HospitalÛªs Emergency Department will have sole access to one of the low-dose CT scanners, while the other departments will be able to utilize the other low-dose CT scanner for inpatient and outpatient services.
For more information on Jamaica HospitalÛªs low-dose CT scan, please call 718-206-6138.
Jamaica Hospital Medical Center serves a population greater than 1.2 million in Queens and eastern Brooklyn. This 384-bed medical center is an accredited community teaching hospital with a large network of community-based ambulatory care centers. JHMC offers an array of acute inpatient, rehabilitation and mental health services, and is one of the busiest Level 1 trauma centers in New York City. The hospital provides general medical, pediatric, and dental services, in addition to home health services. Jamaica Hospital Medical CenterÛªs mission is to serve patients and the community in a way that is second to none. For additional information, please contact Public Affairs at 718-206-6020.