Published on January 01, 2016

Patients at Jennersville Regional Hospital benefit from CT exams with less radiation

West Grove, PA -- Officials at Jennersville Regional Hospital in West Grove announced that recently installed technology has significantly reduced the amount of radiation necessary to perform many of the common CAT Scan studies ordered by physicians for diagnostic purposes or treatment monitoring. Computed Tomography (CT), more commonly referred to as a CAT scan, captures multiple images of a body part or area within seconds. While clinical task and other considerations are factors in determining the dose each patient receives, the technology has greatly improved since the previous low-dose CT was installed at the facility in 2010, explains Tracy Carmellini, M.D., chairman of Jennersville Regional Hospital Department of Radiology. “This is particularly important for children, older patients and those whose medical condition requires repeated studies,” explains Dr. Carmellini. Since CT technology was first introduced in the mid-1970s, each new generation developed has improved image resolution. More recent advancements also focused on reducing radiation needed without sacrificing image quality.

“The benefits of our new technology are really two-fold. Its high resolution aids me and my fellow radiologists as we interpret the studies, yielding more accurate diagnoses. Our patients further benefit by receiving less radiation,” notes Dr. Carmellini. The new CT scanner was designed with the patient in mind. It scans at a faster rate so that patients do not have to hold their breath as long. This helps reduce motion during the study which can result in a blurry image. Its 12-inch screen can play relaxing movie clips or cartoons to help calm younger patients.

The advanced CT technology pairs well with the Hospital’s recently-updated Picture Archival and Communication System. PACS supports sharing of diagnostic information to help physicians determine treatment paths based on patient condition. It includes special tools to improve clinical collaboration and highlight subtle changes in anatomy.

“We believe it’s essential for our Hospital to continually invest in newer technologies for the patients we serve,” says Andy Guz, Jennersville Hospital CEO. The new CT scanner comes on the heels of other imaging enhancements the facility made recently, including a new MRI which now offers MRI studies of the breast, and new ultrasound equipment with enhanced 3D capabilities for gynecologic and urologic studies. Jennersville Regional Hospital will add breast tomosynthesis, commonly called 3D mammography, this spring.

Located in Penn Township on West Baltimore Pike, Jennersville Regional Hospital is an acute-care facility that is proudly accredited by the Joint Commission. Featuring all private rooms, the Hospital serves southern Chester County, northwestern Delaware and northern Maryland with compassionate, patient-centered care. Jennersville Regional Hospital is poised to meet the healthcare needs of its community having completed a multi-million dollar renovation and expansion project. With more than 100 medical staff members, Jennersville Regional Hospital offers inpatient and outpatient services including 24-hour emergency care, orthopedics, cancer care, surgical services and obstetrics. The 63-bed facility is a member of the Jefferson Kimmel Cancer Center Network and the Jefferson Neuroscience Network. For more information, call (610) 869-1000.