Houston Healthcare, a system serving 300,000 patients annually, is reporting low-dose CT scans with radiation levels far below the standards recommended by the American College of Radiology. Partnering with Toshiba America Medical Systems, the health network has implemented the Protect program to reduce dose without compromising image quality.

The system relies on Toshiba’s Adaptive Iterative Dose Reduction technology, AIDR 3D, available through the company’s VeloCT program. Clinicians have seen a 65% dose reduction in routine abdomen and pelvis exams, a 59% dose reduction in routine chest exams, and a 7% reduction in routine head procedures, Houston Healthcare said. The network uses three Toshiba Aquilion 64s and one Aquilion Prime system for all general CT exams.

Houston Healthcare has also worked with Toshiba’s partner Phoenix Technology to monitor dose levels and track the program’s progress. “By providing the industry’s best solution for dose reduction, Toshiba worked with Houston Healthcare to ensure that dose and safety is not a choice that its staff or patients had to make,” said Satrajit Misra, senior director, CT Business Unit, Toshiba. “With Protect, we were able to identify ways in which we could help their team improve performance and then implement a plan that enables Houston Healthcare to obtain the necessary images for accurate diagnoses.”

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