OVMC Announces Lower Radiation in CAT Scans

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

WHEELING,W.Va. – Ohio Valley Medical Center and East Ohio Regional Hospital now offerlower radiation CAT (computerized axial tomography) scans with the unveiling ofsoftware to their CAT units that will reduce the radiation output of the CATscan by 40 percent.

These upgrades at both facilities will allow thepatient to continue to receive painless and comfortable CAT scans whilereceiving faster processing times and images of better quality.

\"The upgrades to our CAT units at bothhospitals give us an opportunity to see more and see it better,\" saidVicki Novick, director of radiology services at OVMC and East Ohio RegionalHospital. \"It allows us to serve our patients more effectively andefficiently with less radiation exposure to our patients.\"

Advances in medical imaging have allowed doctors todetect hidden disease and make more accurate diagnosis. Recently, experts fromthe International Atomic Energy Agency say high-tech scanning procedures mayunnecessarily expose patients to increased radiation, potentially increasing apatient's lifetime risk of developing cancer.

"Technology continues tohelp reconcile radiology’s dual needs for image quality and low CAT radiationdose without compromising diagnostic abilities," said Kelby Frame, radiologistat OVMC. "

OVMC and EORH have a commitment to introducingbetter technology in the Ohio Valley. In 2007 the hospitals were the first tointroduce the 64-slice CAT scanner as well as digital mammography to the area.The 64-slice, noninvasive application of CAT technology offers fast scanningcapability. In a single rotation, the CAT scan creates 64, high-resolutionanatomical image cuts that are as thin as a credit cards and form athree-dimensional views of the internal organs. The 64-slice CT is able tocapture images of an organ such as the beating heart (but without the heartmovement) because it is so fast, or perform whole-body trauma scans in seconds.

"Ourpromise to deliver modern technology that is safe for our patients continues tobe a primary goal of ours," says Brian Felici, CEO of Ohio Valley HealthServices. "We are pleased for our family to bring this service to those in theOhio Valley."