Are CT scans safe?
Baylor Scott & White Legacy Heart Center in Plano is dedicated to minimizing the risks associated with exposure to ionizing radiation from certain types of medical imaging procedures while supporting the benefits these exams can provide. As part of a balanced public health approach, our physicians adhere to the practice of keeping imaging exam radiation exposure as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA). Our facility uses state-of-the-art imaging equipment and employs the following gold-standard techniques to minimize patient radiation exposure:
Appropriate patient selection
We consider the patient’s age, sex and radiosensitivity to select the exam that best meets the needs of the patient.
We consider the patient’s total medical history as well current diagnosis to ensure that the exam requested is the best exam to diagnose the patient’s condition.
Radiation reduction strategies
On all radiation producing equipment, Baylor Scott & White Legacy Heart Center utilizes the following techniques to reduce the radiation our patients are exposed to during testing:
- Lead shielding of radiosensitive areas
- Minimizing the area of interest for the test to that of concern only
- Using attenuation modulation to minimize the radiation dose produced by the equipment
Baylor Scott & White Legacy Heart Center physicians select and order the appropriate exam for each individual and our testing staff is trained to minimize the radiation dose used during each procedure while optimizing the quality of the test. Baylor Scott & White Legacy Heart Center takes steps to reduce unnecessary radiation exposure from medical imaging by promoting the safe use of medical imaging devices, supporting informed clinical decision-making and increasing patient awareness. For more information, please speak with your Baylor Scott & White Legacy Heart Center physician.