Barton offers shields to protect against CT scan radiation |

Barton offers shields to protect against CT scan radiation

Barton Health is now offering patient scan shields reported to reduce harmful radiation exposure by up to 57 percent while preserving the quality of the images.

The shields protect the chest, eye and thyroid area from patient burns, which have been reported in other facilities. The eye and thyroid shields are disposable.

Mike Cullen, director of medical imaging for Barton Health, said the CT scan machines at Barton Health have been inspected by the state and are within acceptable levels of radiation. Cullen said the hospital still moved forward with purchasing the shields to provide additional protection to patients and give them peace of mind.

“We thought this would be a great product to let our patients know we care about them, but are still able to get the medication information that we need,” Cullen said.

CT scans are commonly used in pulmonary embolisms, head trauma, appendicitis, kidney stones, bowel obstructions and cardiovascular exams.

For information, call 530-543-5850.

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