CT Scanner in Columbia Reduces Radiation on Patients

4 years 10 months 5 days ago Thursday, July 18 2013 Jul 18, 2013 Thursday, July 18, 2013 1:02:00 PM CDT July 18, 2013 in News
By: Devon Fasbinder, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - A radiology clinic in Columbia said it has a machine that can reduce radiation from computed tomography (CT) scans up to 50 percent.

"When you bring your child in, you'd like it to be as safe as possible," said Dr. Alan Hillard of the Advanced Radiology Clinic.

The machine is called a 128-slice CT scanner. It can take 128 pictures of a patient's body in milliseconds. The machine makes a spiral around the patient as it takes the images.

It allows doctors to calibrate a person's size and customize the amount of radiation needed. A child will need less radiation than an adult.

"As the machine makes this helical spiral, it goes faster than normal scanners and measures how thick the patient is. It then automatically computes the dose of radiation," Hillard said. "The patient only gets the dose they need for their thickness."

When Shannon Bradshaw's son Corey needed a CT scan of his neck she took him to the clinic to use the 128-slice machine. It was an option she did not have when her son, Caleb, needed an emergency appendectomy.

She said she would have preferred to use the 128-slice machine in Caleb's case, but it all comes down to weighing pros and cons of the situation.

"If I chose not to do the CT exam when he had appendicitis, it would have been more harmful I think. Decreasing radiation would have been great and that's something that's very important, but he needed the scan on his abdomen immediately," Bradshaw said.

Technologist CJ Alderton said a CT scanner uses radiation to create digital pictures of different parts of the body. As the patient passes through the machine, an x-ray goes through the patient and is then detected on the other side. The amount of radiation that makes it through the body is read by the machine and produces a picture that shows different densities.

"A bone is more firm and would absorb more radiation than muscle or air," Alderton said.

Alderton also said that the cost of using 128-slice machine is not much different than using another CT scanner.
According to Advanced Radiology's website, most procedures take between 5 and 10 minutes.

The company said its machine is the only 128-slice scanner in central Missouri. The others are in St. Louis and Kansas City.

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), there are roughly 4 million CT scans taken each year. JAMA reported that, of those, 4870 will lead to cancer.

CORRECTION: According to Jeff Hoelscher, University of Missouri Health Care media relations coordinator, MU's Women's and Children's Hospital also uses a 128-slice CT scanner. Hoelscher said the hospital has had the CT scanner since spring of 2012.

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Latest on the investigation of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (all times local): 11:10... More >>
1 hour ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 11:31:49 AM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A statewide program bringing together prisoners and puppies is celebrating a major milestone. A four-month-old redbone... More >>
2 hours ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 10:15:00 AM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a dramatic diplomatic turn, President Donald Trump canceled next month's summit with North Korea's Kim Jong... More >>
2 hours ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 10:09:00 AM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
RANDOLPH COUNTY - A Huntsville man pleaded guilty to murder on Tuesday and received a life sentence with no chance... More >>
4 hours ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 8:37:00 AM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
BUNNIK, Netherlands (AP) — An international team of investigators said Thursday that detailed analysis of video images and photos... More >>
7 hours ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 5:58:00 AM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Potentially more than one thousand Missourians could lose their hunting, fishing and trapping licenses after a Department... More >>
10 hours ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 2:27:00 AM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that President Donald Trump is violating the First Amendment when he... More >>
17 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 7:10:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in Continuous News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal district court in St. Louis has ruled that the Missouri prison system must... More >>
19 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 5:48:22 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
MID-MISSOURI - If you look at the forecast you can easily tell that summer is here early. Don't forget that... More >>
19 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 5:43:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in Weather
JEFFERSON CITY - A new report by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce identifies challenges in the Missouri workforce. The... More >>
19 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 5:41:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
(CNN) - NFL players must stand during the National Anthem this season, team owners decided Wednesday, a reaction to fierce... More >>
19 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 5:36:38 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Temperatures are rising, and one expert says animals need more attention when tethered outside. "Heat exhaustion... More >>
19 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 5:07:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
COLE COUNTY - Cole County deputies say a man accused of having pipe bombs was cooperative when they asked to... More >>
21 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 3:54:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
HALLSVILLE - The NRA Bianchi Cup happens every year in Missouri, however this year, embattled Gov. Eric Greitens made an... More >>
21 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 3:40:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department wants feedback from residents on its community policing initiative. A meeting Wednesday gave people... More >>
21 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 3:25:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The House Special Investigative Committee continued reading the transcript of the testimony of the woman involved in... More >>
21 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 3:12:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- A revision to Missouri's amateur sports tax credit program could bring more sporting events to Mid-Missouri. The... More >>
22 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 3:04:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
CALIFORNIA - The Moniteau County prosecutor filed criminal charges against the former California police chief Wednesday. Former police chief... More >>
22 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 2:15:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 83°
2pm 86°
3pm 87°
4pm 87°
5pm 86°