Stanford Medicine Imaging is committed to providing outstanding care, utilizing state-of-the-art technology, and offering the subspecialty expertise of Stanford's world-renowned Department of Radiology. Our team of medical professionals conducts more than a quarter of a million studies each year, maintaining the highest standards of clinical excellence provided in a compassionate, caring environment.
At Stanford Medicine Imaging, we understand that radiation exposure is a concern to patients and referring physicians. CT is a powerful imaging tool to diagnose a wide variety of disorders such as cancers, cardiovascular disease, infectious disease, trauma and musculoskeletal abnormalities. Stanford Medicine Imaging is committed to the radiation safety principles of ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable):
Image when there is a clear diagnostic benefit
Focus imaging to the area of interest
Use the latest advances in CT Technology to achieve diagnostic quality imaging with the lowest radiation exposure:
Dual-Source CT scanning offers the fastest temporal resolution and low radiation exposure for cardiac scans
Dual Energy offers a higher fidelity and tissue characterization than previously possible in CT
New Iterative Reconstruction allows reduction of image noise and improves low contrast detectability and enhances image quality
Individualization and customization - optimizing imaging technique to each patient
Advanced radiation dose modulation techniques measure patient size and delivers a specific radiation dose unique to the patient's body habitus
Weight based contrast medium injection protocols are patient and organ specific to optimize patient safety, comfort and image quality.
For more than one hundred years, Stanford's Department of Radiology has been making contributions to medical and surgical advances by pioneering innovations in image-based patient care, research, and education. We are preparing for the future with active research to discover new methods to optimize imaging and reduce radiation dose. Additionally, we are implementing innovative processes for cumulative dose tracking, notification and reporting.
How is ionizing radiation measured?
Radiation dose to the body is measured in units known as milliSieverts (mSv). The small amount of background radiation we all receive every year is about 3 to 5 mSv.
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.