Kuakini Introduces Low Radiation Dose CT Scanner Technology to Hawaii
December 15, 2010
Kuakini Health System’s new 64-slice GE Lightspeed® VCT XTe is the first CT (computed tomography) scanner in Hawaii with ASiR™ (Adaptive Statistical Iterative Reconstruction) technology, which makes it possible to dramatically reduce the radiation dose to patients up to 40 percent without compromising the image quality of the scan.
“Our new CT scanner complements and extends the range of quality diagnostic services that we can offer to our patients at Kuakini Medical Center,” said Scott Lopes, Manager, Imaging Services and Radiation Therapy. “The ASiR technology provides a higher level of diagnostic confidence with a significantly lower radiation dose.”
The LightSpeed VCT XTe also provides new in-depth brain and cardiac techniques that make these tests more reliable and enable doctors to have more confidence in their diagnosis.
In the event of a power outage, Kuakini is one of a few hospitals in the state that can continue its CT services since the scanner is capable of running off of emergency power.
CT technology is a common diagnostic exam utilized when people are injured or when a physician suspects a medical problem that is not easily detectable with a physical examination.
Earlier this year, Kuakini also acquired a 16-slice GE Discovery STE PET/CT (positron emission tomography/CT) Scanner. Kuakini is one of only two hospitals in the state with a PET scanner.
Kuakini patients started receiving scans on the new machine earlier this month. A physician’s referral is required for any imaging scan. Physician’s offices can call 547-9545 to schedule imaging appointments for their patients between 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.