The circulatory system is a busy, complex one that relies on some basic “plumbing” concepts to deliver blood throughout our bodies. Charged with bringing deoxygenated blood back to the heart for recycling, healthy veins are an important part of this system but when they aren’t working properly, can cause a variety of problems. A swollen leg may be one of the first signs of trouble. Continue reading “Swollen legs can signal vein disease”
Doctors at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) now have a new diagnostic tool that gives them the information they need – without the extra radiation patients don’t need. It’s part of a new approach to medical imaging based on Philips CT (cat scan) and X-ray systems, which includes techniques, programs and practices to ensure the best image quality while reducing radiation exposure to patients and the hospital’s clinical staff.
“Everyone’s concerned about radiation exposure, and the goal of X-ray and CT scanning is to obtain a clear image so we’re able to make an accurate diagnosis,” explains Dr. Chip Truwit, Chief of Radiology at HCMC. “More radiation used to mean clearer image – but not with this new technology. We’re now able to customize the radiation to the patient and deliver only what’s needed to get a clear image. This often results in being able to reduce the patients’ exposure by one-half or even down to one-tenth of what we’d normally use.” Continue reading “Avoiding unnecessary radiation: low-dose X-rays, CT scans at HCMC”