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.

For more information, visit Siemens.