Since the introduction of the CT Scanner, radiation has become intimately intertwined with the delivery of healthcare. Its use has increased over 300% since its inception. However, with this powerful innovation comes great responsibility. A patient has a 1/1000 chance of having a fatal malignancy with a standard single phase CT Scan of the abdomen and pelvis. It is imperative that clinicians judiciously use this technology when treating patients.
Under the guidance of Dr. D. Duane Baldwin at Loma Linda University, Dr. Don Arnold has been trained in low dose radiation techniques. He uses this knowledge to diagnose, surgically treat and monitor his patients. In pregnant patients he uses no radiation at all to place ureteral stents.
Dr. Arnold is currently working with the emergency department and the radiology department to develop low dose radiation protocols that can be used to treat all the patients in southern Illinois. This will lead to high quality healthcare without compromising patient safety.