[ RadSafe ] MiniCAT mini-dose

Jim Muckerheide rad_sci_health at comcast.net
Wed Jul 30 18:24:16 CDT 2008


Here¹s another indication of the reason for current NCRP/ICRP hysterics
about CT scan doses.  It¹s not just the big medical equipment makers
³waiting in the wings² any more.

Since 1927-28 in the UK, ICRP and precursors (and NCRP et al.), the x-ray
equipment makers have funded them for this purpose.  They have tenacious
commitments to retaining the LNT and ALARA ³principles² and misdirection.
This is despite overwhelming contradictory scientific data (that low-dose
biological responses are completely different than high-dose responses), and
to fabricate public fear in the name of ³radiation safety.²

Congratulations to all involved in this non-science and disinformation on
radiation health effects!

Regards, Jim
MiniCAT  CT Scans Purr with Mini-Radiation Dose

Mayo Clinic researchers find MiniCAT to be 10-12x less radiation

ANN ARBOR, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Americans can¹t agree on politics -- but
the one thing they do agree on is: Americans do not want unnecessary or
excessive radiation.

And while medical imaging in the form of CAT scans can be viewed as a
technology right out of Star Wars ­ allowing doctors to look into the human
body without making a single cut ­ that ability comes with a price:
radiation exposure to the patient.

So is CT imaging worth the radiation exposure?

The answer may come down to the scanner you are being tested onŠbecause not
all medical CAT scans are created equally -- in terms of radiation dose to
the patient. And according to a recent study at the Mayo Clinic, a CT
scanner called MiniCAT captures images at a dose nearly 10 ­ 12 times lower
than conventional CT scanners.

MiniCAT, a specialty CT scanner designed to capture detailed images of the
sinuses and ears, is quickly becoming a household name in the world of
E.N.T. and Allergy, and is the brainchild of Michigan-based Xoran

This uniquely compact, ultra-low dose CT scanner is generally found in the
offices of Ear, Nose and Throat physicians and Allergists. And patients have
noticed the difference. The upright design of MiniCAT allows patients to sit
in a normal position, without sedation, and the scan is complete in 40
seconds or less. It¹s so simple that Dr. Madan Kandula of Advanced Ear Nose
and Throat Specialists in Milwaukee, WI, found many of his patients don¹t
realize the test has even been performed.

The low radiation and the quickness of the test have attracted parents.
Children are not afraid and do not need to be sedated. ³Parents have gone to
great lengths to track down a MiniCAT for their child² says Susie Vestevich,
PR Manager of Xoran. ³One family recently drove 8 hours to be sure their
child was scanned on MiniCAT.²

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