SJRA Statement on Radiation and CT Procedures
CT radiation dose has been a topic in the news of late.
South Jersey Radiology has been a leader in CT dose reduction programs for many years. All of our scanners use advanced dose reduction software. Our radiologists have developed protocols to maximize the information from your scan with the lowest dose possible. All of our equipment is state-of-the-art and American College of Radiology (ACR) certified—indeed, our radiation doses are much less than the standards acceptable by the ACR.
The key to understanding the risk of radiation is to weigh it against the benefit—if the patient needs the scan to evaluate a disease, the risk of radiation is much less than the risk of letting the disease progress or remain undiagnosed.
The lowest possible dose is zero, meaning you do not have the scan performed. Some of the examinations for which CT is used can be evaluated with alternate imaging tests, notably Ultrasound and MRI, which use no radiation.
Your doctor can discuss the use of these alternate exams with you and guide you to the best test for your problem.