FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

CT stands for Computerized Tomography, which refers to the way this exam is performed. A CT scan is an X-ray procedure which is enhanced by a computer. This
enhancement results in a three-dimensional view (referred to as a slice) of a particular part of the body.

During a routine X-ray, dense tissues can block other areas. Aided by the computer, a CT scan is able to put together the different slices and create a three-dimensional view, clearly showing both bone and soft tissue.

Many scientific studies have shown that there is finite possibility of cancer caused by radiation dose used during CT scans. However the probably of cancer due to radiation risk depends on many factors such as – age, weight, how many CT scans are done over the life time etc. Thus One should be careful about the radaiyion dose received during CT scans.

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No. CT scan is an important modality in medical imaging which enables radiologists and physicians diagnose any pathology in early stages. You should never avoid CT scans for fear of cancer as there are steps you can take to manage or minimize this risk.
As a patient you should ask your physician the following questions.

  1. Is it necessary to have CT scan?
  2. If yes – Can you get CT scan using low radiation dose?
  3. There are technologies available today (PIXELSHINE™) which enables dose reduction while providing diagnosable quality CT scans.
You should be able to request your physician to provide you the details about the radiation dose received by you during CT scans.
Algomedica has developed a software, Pixelshine™, using deep learning technology which improves the quality of noisy CT scans acquired at low radiation dose. Many studies have been conducted to demonstrate that radiologists are able to diagnose various pathologies from CT scan studies processed by Pixelshine™.
Yes. FDA provided 510 K clearance for Pixelshine™ on September 19’ 2016.
Yes – All the 4 CT scanner vendors – GE, Siemens, Philips and Toshiba offer the ability to acquire CT scans at low dose. However dose reduction capabilities offered by these vendors are inferior to Pixelshine™.
Try going to an imaging center equipped with Algomedica Pixelshine™ software . Ask your service provider to be scanned at low dose followed by de-noising by Pixelshine™. You would have the benefit of early detection of any pathology while minimizing the dangers of ionized radiation dose.
Good question. Perhaps you are a radiologist and/or Medical Physicist. You can view Pixelshine™ capabilities in more than one way.

First – You should look at all the CT scan images processed by Pixelshine™ and posted on our web site,

Second – You may consider submitting a few low dose CT scans for processing by our software Pixelshine™. Algomedica pre-sales will process these studies within minutes for you to review.

Third – you can install our software in your imaging center and start processing low dose CT scans.

Finally various research papers are being published in next few weeks and these will provide you the comfort level that Pixelshine™ can improve the quality of CT scans acquired at low dose.

The dangers of radiation dose used during standard CT scans are well known. As a service provider to symptomatic and asymptomatic patients – it is a moral imperative to provide CT scans (without compromising diagnosability) while minimizing the radiation dose.

First – Imagine if one of your loved ones has to be scanned a d you know that you can get such a scan at 1/3rd the dose used in a typical scan without any adverse effect on diagnosability – what would you do? You will go for low dose CT scans. Well – apply the same consideration towards your patient population.

Second – It provides you a competitive advantage over your competition as you can position yourself as a safe provider of medical imaging.

Third – It is a matter of time that the need for CT scans at low dose will be law of the land. It is better to get ahead of the curve and do the right thing by your patient population.

Fourth – Reducing the radiation dose for CT scans extends the life of Xray tube by a few years. You can save lot of money by extending the XRay tube life.