Now the healthcare organization has taken steps to minimize radiation exposure for patient safety.
The results of the study also showcased the need to reduce variability in CT scans. Intermountain imaging teams have developed new protocols for CT scans for the abdomen that are based on size of the patient. New protocols have provided clarity in reducing radiation for children too by limiting the use of CT scans for pediatric patients with appendicitis.
“Reducing radiation is an ongoing endeavor. Intermountain Healthcare is committed to exploring further technical advances, protocol standards and the complete elimination of tests that use radiation when they can be replaced with other assessments. These initiatives are practical examples of how Intermountain is saving lives, reducing harm and fulfilling its mission of helping people live the healthiest lives possible,” White wrote in the article.
Read the entire article in Becker’s Hospital Review.