Funds from the annual distribution of the Foundation at KVH have allowed KVH Hospital to adopt SafeCT technology. SafeCT reduces the amount of radiation that a patient is exposed to during a CT exam by 50 to 80 percent.
KVH Hospital is one of the first in the region to adopt SafeCT technology. It was put into use in late January. KVH Hospital performs over 6,500 CT scans per year.
A computed tomography (CT) scan makes detailed pictures of structures inside the body. It allows health care providers to view a patient’s internal organs, blood vessels, bones, or spinal cord. However, CT exams use ionizing radiation to create these images, and exposure to radiation may elevate a person’s lifetime risk of developing cancer.
“We are very conscious of the importance of protecting our patients from unnecessary radiation,” said Sharon Davis, Director of Imaging. “We were previously recognized for our low levels of radiation during CT scans, especially for our pediatric patients, and we are pleased to adopt this new technology which reduces radiation levels even further.”
SafeCT will be used for about 95% of patients who undergo a single CT scan of the head, chest, abdomen, pelvis, or extremities. The only time SafeCT will not be used is in cases of major trauma, when the speed of reviewing the images takes precedence over concerns for radiation, since SafeCT technology adds a small amount of time to develop the images.
“The overwhelming generosity of our community has made the purchase of SafeCT possible,” said Heather Paul, Director of the Foundation at KVH. “Donations to the Foundation ensure that our community will continue to have the best facilities, equipment and programs available, now and in the future.”
For more information about the Foundation at KVH, visit their website here.