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New Method Cuts Radiation Exposure in Patients

Cincinnati Children’s and Philips Healthcare have created a way to use the AlluraClarity imaging system in a way that reduces patients’ radiation exposure.

Interventional radiology is an imaging process in which doctors insert small needles or catheters through the patient’s skin and into the body to see inside with X-rays, CT scans, ultrasound or magnetic resonance. Several children’s hospitals in the U.S. use the AlluraClarity system, but Cincinnati Children’s has found a way to reduce radiation exposure by up to 97 percent.

Dr. John Racadio, director of interventional radiology at the hospital, said, “[Seeing] the positive impact a procedure can have on a particular child is one of the reasons I do what I do, and I’m getting a similar feeling of satisfaction about the impact we can have in developing pediatric-specific protocols for interventional procedures.”

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