Low-dose CT scans with up to 70% less radiation
Through recent technological advances, patients can now receive dramatically less radiation when they have a computed tomography (CT) scan at Oregon Imaging Centers in Eugene/Springfield. This new technology reduces the amount of radiation a patient receives by up to 70% without compromising image quality. A leader in setting standards of care, Oregon Imaging Centers is the only outpatient-imaging center in Oregon to implement this new technology.
Oregon Imaging Centers invested in this new technology because we don’t want radiation concerns to prevent someone from benefitting from the diagnostic capabilities of a CT scan. Fast, painless and non-invasive, doctors can identify many developing health problems using this powerful, diagnostic imaging tool.
Why did my doctor order a CT if radiation is a concern?
Computed Tomography (CT) is a valuable diagnostic tool that uses radiation to peer into the body and produce 3-D images. Based on your symptoms or the area being scanned, a CT scan will provide your doctor with the most detailed information.
What steps do you take to reduce radiation?
We adhere to the As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA) principle, using tools that automatically adjust the radiation dosage based on body type and anatomy. As part of that commitment, we recently invested in a new technology called iDose that lowers the amount of radiation patients receive by 50% to 70%. The amount of radiation you receive varies by body type and the anatomic region being scanned.
Your CT technologist can estimate your radiation dose at the time of your scan. If you had the same CT scan at Oregon Imaging Centers prior to our iDose, your technologist can determine the percent of radiation reduction.
Does iDose technology apply to Cardiac CT Angiograms (CCTAs)?
For CCTAs, Oregon Imaging Centers offers a new technology called Step & Shoot Cardiac, which reduces radiation by up to 80%. Step & Shoot allows us to capture images when the heart is at rest, or in between beats – the most desirable time to capture data. In other words, the CT scan takes snapshots of the heart at precisely the right time instead of taking a video for the full scan time.