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Low dose cardiac exams

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Philips CT Clinical Science Philips Healthcare • USA

Philips Brilliance CT 64-channel with iDose4 reconstruction technique at Memorial Hospital of Tampa

Who/where
Memorial Hospital of Tampa is a 180-bed, state-of-the-art hospital located in Tampa, FL, that offers comprehensive healthcare services to the community. Advanced diagnostic imaging capabilities include CT, PET/CT, MRI/MRA, nuclear medicine, CT angiography, cardiac scoring, breast MRI and stereotactic biopsies, ultrasound, bone densitometry, digital mammo with CAD, Cardiac MR and Echocardiography.

Challenge
Differentiating itself through advanced technology, which includes offering excellent diagnostic exams at the low dose exposure sought by clinicians and patients.

Response
The Philips Brilliance CT 64-channel system with iDose⁴ reconstruction technique immediately helped significantly improve spatial resolution at low dose.

A key differentiator
Memorial Hospital of Tampa is committed to providing high-quality care in a friendly environment. This facility continuously looks for ways to advance technology and differentiate itself in the Tampa/St. Petersburg market. The team jumped at the opportunity to be the first in the region, as well as within their hospital system, to offer iDose⁴ reconstruction technique on their Philips CT scanner.

An immediate impact
Memorial Hospital was able to see a positive impact within the first full day of scanning after installation. By using the combination of iDose⁴ with the sophisticated technologies of the Brilliance CT 64-channel, the clinical team was able to decrease the starting point for their chest protocol from 200 mAs to 120 mAs, which allowed them to acquire a thorax study at 4 mSv, down from 7 mSv previously. Also using this combination and the 100 kV station, they were able to perform a calcium score at less than 0.8 mSv.

Getting the word out
Now that iDose⁴ is installed, the team feels it’s time to let everyone know that they can manage dose without sacrificing image quality. “Our physicians have been asking when they would be able to start sending patients to be scanned with iDose⁴,” says Monica Clark, Director of Marketing. “In the first week we knew the word was out because we’ve received prescriptions ordering CT with iDose from our physicians,” she notes.

“The integration of iDose⁴ on our Brilliance CT 64-channel has been seamless for us. We are privileged to offer quality images with lower radiation dose to our community. With the support of our physicians we were ready to go once it was installed.” - Richard Knight, M.D., Radiologist at Memorial Hospital


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Brilliance 64-channel, IntelliSpace Portal
Body, Calcium Scoring, Cardiac, dose, dose management, iDose4, low dose, Physician, spatial resolution, Thorax, Vascular
 

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