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For Immediate Release:
January 23, 2012

Southcoast is first in region to offer 'low dose radiation' CT scans

Advances in CT imaging technology reduces radiation by up to 50 percent

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Southcoast Health System has announced the implementation of new "low dose radiation" Computed Tomography (CT) scanners at many of its sites across the region. The new low dose CT scanning devices reduce the amount of radiation required to create a scan by up to 50 percent while continuing to provide the highest quality CT scan. Southcoast is the first health care provider in the region to invest in this new technology.

"As the region's largest provider of radiology services, Southcoast is continually investing in new technology and services to ensure the highest quality care in the safest environment possible. The move to low dose radiation CT scanner is an additional benefit that is now available to Southcoast patients," said Debra A. Desmarais, Executive Director of Radiology Imaging Services for Southcoast. "When a patient receives a scan they are exposed to a very small amount of radiation. The new low dose scanner can cut that exposure in half while offering the same quality. As we continue to upgrade our technologies we will always look for the best options available for our patients. It is our goal to provide low dose CT scanners at all of our locations by 2013."

Southcoast Health System offers first-rate radiology imaging services at 14 sites throughout the region, including all three Southcoast Hospitals sites — Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford and Tobey Hospital in Wareham and the Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care, giving patients easy access to high-quality services. Southcoast Radiology Imaging Services performs more than 400,000 radiology procedures each year. The radiologists, technologists, managers and support staff are dedicated to providing superior patient care and customer service.

In addition to the low dose radiation CT scanners, Southcoast Radiation Imaging Services provides the most advanced technology available in the region — from the 64-slice CT scanners to the region's largest digital mammography system. Additional services include bone densitometry (DEXA scanning), Computed Tomography (CT or CAT scan), PET/CT, diagnostic radiology (X-ray), interventional radiology, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), digital mammography, non-invasive vascular imaging, nuclear medicine and ultrasound.

To learn more about the latest radiology technology at Southcoast, visit

Stephanie Poyant
Public Information Officer
Phone: 508-961-5280
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Southcoast Health System is a community based health delivery system with multiple access points, offering an integrated continuum of health services throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and East Bay, Rhode Island.

It includes the three hospitals that make up Southcoast Hospitals Group — Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford and Tobey Hospital in Wareham.

Southcoast provides advanced clinical services, such as open heart surgery, angioplasty and heart rhythm services, comprehensive cancer care, neurosurgery, weight loss surgery, orthopedic surgery, advanced imaging services and is the only provider of maternity services in the region.

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