Pediatric Imaging Program Using the Latest 320-Slice CT

Stony Brook University Medical Center

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    In April, Stony Brook University Hospital became the first in the country to install a 320-Slice CT scanner in the Emergency Department.

    This latest-generation imaging equipment is particularly important for children because it can take full images in less than a second, compared with 20 to 30 seconds for typical scans. Less time in the scanner means a reduced dose of radiation-crucial for children and young adults, whose still-growing bodies could be adversely affected. The fast speed makes it much easier for patients to stay still for the duration of the scan, requiring vastly fewer retakes and thus less exposure to radiation.

    This low-dose radiation program, pioneered by Michael Poon, MD, also can save children from unnecessary trauma in emergency rooms by reducing the need for sedation prior to imaging.