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Improved dose management

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Philips CT Clinical Science Philips Healthcare • USA

Philips Brilliance CT 64-channel with iDose4 at Wing Memorial Hospital and Medical Centers

Who/where
Wing Memorial Hospital and Medical Centers is a 74-bed hospital established in 1913 and located in Palmer, MA, that provides a broad range of emergency, medical, surgical, and psychiatric services to surrounding communities. In 1999, Wing Memorial Hospital became a member of UMass Memorial Health Care to enhance their high standards of care and expand services. The hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and is designated as a Primary Stroke Site by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Challenge
Helping to improve patient care through community awareness of radiation exposure and of the technology Wing Memorial Hospital has put in place to help manage CT dose without sacrificing image quality.

Response
The Philips Brilliance CT 64-channel with iDose⁴ reconstruction technique improves image quality* at a low radiation dose and provides reliable performance for this one scanner facility.


Personalizing dose to enhance patient care

Susan Lavoie, Director of Medical Imaging at Wing Memorial Hospital, readily endorses the iDose⁴ reconstruction technique on the Brilliance CT 64-channel for the difference it’s helping to make in patient care. She notes that the upgrade allows the facility to offer the same great image quality, at a lower dose, to a wide range of patients. “We want our patients to know that we are using every available tool to help in lowering dose and Philips plays a big part in that. In fact, we are starting to reach out to our referring physicians and community to let them know of this available technology at Wing.”
 
She described a patient who needed to have follow up studies for chronic kidney stones. The patient expressed concern regarding her radiation dose exposure. After explaining about the iDose⁴ advanced reconstruction technique, she felt better knowing that Wing has taken that next step in reducing radiation dose in patients.
Susan Lavoie Jeffrey Allard, M.D.
Susan Lavoie
Jeffrey Allard, M.D.

Smooth from the start

Lavoie reports that iDose⁴ has been easy for the staff to use from the start. About their experience with Philips, she says, “They installed over a weekend, so there was less downtime for us, and it went flawlessly. The application specialist worked with the radiologist to set up the levels of dose reduction we were going to use for certain types of exams. The next day, we were up and running with it.”
“Philips has been great to work with. They understand the importance of uptime in a one-scanner hospital and so if we’re down, we can’t accept patients for CT, and they have to go elsewhere. Philips helps us by scheduling maintenance during our slower hours so we don’t have to take the scanner down during our busy times.”

Reaching out to the community

“Our plan is to let the community be more aware of our ability to personalize dose,” says Lavoie. “I think the community needs to see that the hospital is very aware and dose-conscious. Joint Commission has issued a sentinel alert about dose, and that really will drive a lot of hospitals into looking further into dose management.”

* “Improved image quality” as defined by improvements in spatial resolution and/or noise reduction.


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Brilliance 64-channel
abdomen, abdomen CTA, Body, Cardiac, chest, chest CTA, dose management, Head, head CTA, iDose4, image quality, kidney stones, kidney/renal, kidney/renal CTA, low dose, Neck, neck CTA, Neuro, Pediatric, Radiation exposure, spatial resolution, Vascular
 

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