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Oswego Health installs new low-dose CT scanners

Hospital news | Monday, February 29, 2016

Contact: Marion Ciciarelli

As part of its continuing goal to provide the safest and best patient experience, Oswego Health is installing the latest, low dose computed tomography (CT) scanners at three convenient locations throughout Oswego County, including the Central Square Medical Center.

Community members can see the new technology, meet a physician radiologist and tour the facility during an open house to be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Central Square Medical Center, located at 3045 East Ave., (Route 49) in the village of Central Square.

The new Siemens CTs offer high-quality images for Oswego Health physician radiologists to read, but with a significant reduction in radiation dose. Siemens is a leader in the production of medical imaging equipment that consistently provides healthcare facilities with leading-edge medical technology that assist physicians in making an accurate diagnosis more efficiently.

“CT scans are used to diagnoses a wide range of illnesses and injuries, so our patients are benefiting from this improved technology that offers a significant reduction in radiation dose, while producing high quality images.” said Oswego Health Medical Imaging Chief James Sherwood, MD.

Dr. Sherwood adds that patients who required frequent follow-up CT scans for chronic conditions can feel comfortable repeating these tests on a regular basis without an increased radiation risk.

The new CTs are being installed at the Oswego Hospital, the Central Square Medical Center and the Fulton Medical Center. “We perform more than 12,000 CT scans each year and felt it was important to provide this new technology at all our locations,” said Oswego Health Director of Medical Imaging David Ruel.

A CT scan is one of the fastest and most accurate tools for examining the chest, abdomen and pelvis because it provides detailed, cross-sectional views of all types of tissue. It is alsoused to examine patients with injuries from trauma such as a motor vehicle accident andon patients with acute symptoms such as chest or abdominal pain or difficulty breathing.

It is also often the best method for detecting many different cancers, such as lymphoma and cancers of the lung, liver, kidney, ovary and pancreas since the image allows a physician to confirm the presence of a tumor, measure its size, identify its precise location and determine the extent of its involvement with other nearby tissue. In addition, physicians use a CT scan to aide in the treatment of strokes.

For children, a CT scan is most often used to evaluate lymphoma, neuroblastoma, kidney tumors, congenital malformations of the heart, kidneys and blood vessels, cystic fibrosis, complications of acute appendicitis and of pneumonia inflammatory, bowel disease and severe injuries.

To ensure patient safety, Oswego Health participates in two national radiation dose reduction initiatives, which include Imagine Gently for children and Image Wisely for adults. Through these two programs, medical imaging staff members routinely take part in educational sessions that focus on reducing a patient’s exposure to radiation when undergoing a medical imaging screening.

The new CTs complement the new fixed Siemens magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) equipment, which was recently installed at Oswego Hospital. The MRI is also cutting-edge technology, that depicts and clarifies diseases of the brain, spine, liver, pancreas, kidney, uterus and other soft-tissue organs. It is also often invaluable for many orthopedic diagnoses such as knee meniscal tear or shoulder rotator cuff injury.