Two United States hospitals have won recognition for low-dose imaging in the third annual Siemens Right Dose Excellence Awards, recently announced at the Radiological Society of North America meeting held in Dec. in Chicago. The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago was awarded best Pediatric image, while the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Barnes-Jewish Hospital took the prize for dose management consistency.
An international panel of experts chose the winners from among 197 participating medical facilities worldwide, each using a Somatom computed tomography (CT) scanner. In the case of the award-winning pediatric image, a 5 year-old boy had exhibited noisy breathing since the age of 2 months and had developed stridor at 4 months. A scan taken with a Somatom Definition Flash CT system and an applied dose of 1.21 milliSieverts (mSv) revealed a double aortic arch constricting his trachea and restricting airflow.
The award for dose consistency went to St. Louis Children’s Hospital Barnes-Jewish Hospital for its cardiac scan of a 6 month-old girl with a Somatom Definition Flash CT system and a dose of 0.43 mSv. The image eliminated the possibility of restricted pulmonary arteries, but illustrated a possible tetralogy of Fallot, a congenital heart abnormality.
Right Dose Excellence Awards were also given for consistency in the dose management, pediatric, trauma, dual energy, cardiology, vascular, neurology, oncology, and routine examinations divisions.
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