Siemens’ Right Dose Excellence Awards Conferred on Two U.S. Hospitals
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago wins the category for best Pediatric image
St. Louis Children’s Hospital Barnes-Jewish Hospital wins the category for Dose Management Consistency
Clinical images demonstrate how healthcare professionals using Siemens CT technologies can reduce radiation exposure in CT
This year, the Siemens Healthcare Sector held its third contest for clinical imaging in computed tomography (CT). The winners of the Right Dose Image Contest were announced at the 99th annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), held Dec. 1-6 in Chicago. The nine winners of the Right Dose Excellence Awards were chosen by an international jury of experts, and the winner of the public vote was determined by online votes. This year, two U.S. hospitals earned top honors in the important categories of Pediatric imaging and Dose Consistency. The image submitted by Brian A. Reilly, RT(R), a radiologic technologist from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, was honored in the Pediatric category. Multiple low-dose CT images submitted from St. Louis Children’s Hospital Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, led the hospital to claim the prize for consistency in dose management.
In total, 197 medical practices and clinical institutions worldwide participated in the contest, each using a CT scanner from Siemens’ SOMATOM family of CT systems. The judging panel based their decisions on two criteria: outstanding diagnostic quality and using the right radiation dose. Each submitted image demonstrates how users maximized Siemens technology to reduce dose.
In the award-winning pediatric image from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, a 5-month-old boy was scanned using a SOMATOM Definition Flash CT system. The boy had experienced unusually noisy breathing since the age of 2 months. At 4 months, he developed stridor caused by a narrowing of the airways. A CT angiogram showed abnormal development of a double aortic arch surrounding and compressing the boy’s trachea. The applied dose was 1.21 milliSieverts (mSv).
The St. Louis Children’s Hospital Barnes-Jewish Hospital received the prize for consistency in dose management for its efforts to provide the best radiation dose for every patient according to patient age, general condition, and clinical question at hand. A 6-month-old girl received a cardiac scan conducted with a SOMATOM Definition Flash CT system, resulting in a radiation dose of just 0.43 mSv. Using this scan, clinicians were able to rule out a narrowing of the girl’s pulmonary arteries. However, they found indications of tetralogy of Fallot – a congenital heart abnormality.
In addition to a public vote award, Right Dose Excellence Awards were given in the following nine categories: Consistency in Dose Management, Pediatric, Trauma, Dual Energy – which allows examination of a body region using two different tube voltages – Cardiology, Vascular, Neurology, Oncology, and Routine Examinations.
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