Great Ormond Street Hospital takes home prize for best image quality and lowest radiation dose using Siemens Healthcare’s SOMATOM Definition CT scanner
Carol Young, Radiographer at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust has won the Siemens Healthcare International CT Image Contest in the Cardiac category for her ‘Tetralogy of Fallots’ case. The image, which was captured on a Siemens Healthcare SOMATOM® Definition scanner, was chosen for its image quality and obtained using the lowest radiation dose.
The 2011 awards announced at the end of the year received 627 submissions from over 43 countries, and the entries were judged by a jury of eight internationally renowned radiology professors. The image was announced and exhibited at RSNA 2011 and has earned Great Ormond Street Hospital an exclusive ‘Siemens Low Dose Expert’ seal.
The SOMATOM Definition DS is a first generation Dual Source CT system that uses two X-ray sources and two detectors at the same time to provide double the temporal resolution, twice the speed and power while lowering the dose. The SOMATOM Definition allows any heart and heart rate to be scanned without the need of beta-blockers at a low radiation dose.
Speaking on the case win for Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, Radiographer Carol Young states, “I was both happy and surprised to hear that I had been nominated for my Tetralogy of Fallot image, which showed the four defects including connection between the ventricles and the absence of the pulmonary valve. Hearing that I had won was a real honour – every radiology professional strives to achieve best diagnostic quality at the lowest possible dose. Particularly in paediatric imaging it is crucial to minimise the associated radiation risks, as children are more sensitive to radiation exposure.”
“The SOMATOM Definition scanner is ideal for paediatric imaging – not just for the unusual congenital conditions such as this Tetralogy of Fallot case, but across a wide range of procedures and we wonder what Carol would have achieved with the latest higher performing ‘Flash’ dual source system,” states Russell Lodge, CT Business Manager at Siemens Healthcare. “We are delighted that a long-term UK Siemens customer has received acclaim in the international image contest with over 600 entries.”
About Great Ormond Street Hospital:
Great Ormond Street Hospital was the first children’s hospital and only the fourth UK centre to get Imaging Services Accreditation Scheme (ISAS) accreditation.
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Great Ormond Street Hospital was the first children’s hospital and only the 4th UK centre to get ISAS accreditation. (Imaging Services Accreditation Scheme)
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