Participating hospitals ranged in size from small community hospitals to large university and community hospitals with more than 1,000 beds. The data were collected from July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008.
The patient database assembled represents the largest registry in the world of information about coronary CT angiography.
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The protocols developed for this project can be used by other hospitals and imaging facilities to reduce radiation exposure for their patients, Beaumont says. And there is also potential to apply the same dose-reduction strategies when scanning other parts of the body.
In addition to Beaumont, the hospitals in the project during the time of this study were: Borgess Medical Center; Henry Ford Hospital; Hillsdale Community Health Center; Lakeland Regional Health System; Marquette General Health System; Mercy Health Partners-Hackley Campus; Mercy Memorial; Oakwood Hospital; St. John Hospital and Medical Center; St. John Macomb; St. John Oakland; St. John Providence Hospital; Sparrow Health System; and the University of Michigan Health System.
The project has since grown to include 35 participating hospitals and five physician practices.
Beaumont is a world leader in the use and study of cardiac CT imaging. Research at the hospital in 2007 showed that CT heart scans are accurate, definitive, much faster and less costly than standard diagnostic testing for emergency room chest pain patients. That study was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
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