First Radiation Dose Reducer CT Comes to Northwest Arkansas

March 2, 2012

Mercy of NWA demonstrates continued commitment to protect

Rogers, Ark. – Mercy of Northwest Arkansas now has the only radiation dose reducer CT in the Northwest Arkansas region.  The Mercy staff are trained and started utilizing the new software last week. As there are continued sensitivities around radiation exposure to our patients, particularly pregnant patients, this is a great reflection of the vision of Mercy.  We are utilizing state of the art equipment that provides the best quality imaging, but goes a step further and invests in something that protects our patients.

Dr. Glen Chitwood, Mercy Radiologist and Dr. Larry Weathers, Mercy Cardiologist. have been leaders and advocates for Mercy to obtain the radiation dose reducer technology for the safety and protection of our patients. “Having access to sophisticated medical technology is vital for an accurate diagnosis. Patients can benefit from safe quality imaging for a full range of exams.” said Dr. Chitwood.

The GE LightSpeed VCT system provides:

  • ASiR low dose technologies
  • High-resolution images
  • Optimized dose levels
  • Sub-millimeter slice thickness
  • Shorter breath-holds for patients
  • An experience design for patient comfort

Mercy Northwest Arkansas employs 1,500 people. It includes the 165-bed Mercy Hospital in Rogers, Ambulatory Surgery Center in Bentonville, and 27 Mercy Clinic locations within the Northwest Arkansas region; Bella Vista, Bentonville, Centerton, Lowell, Rogers and Noel, Mo.  Mercy employs more than 120 integrated providers across Northwest Arkansas. Effective April 30, Mercy Health System of Northwest Arkansas and its Clinics became Mercy Northwest Arkansas. Mercy Northwest Arkansas is part of Mercy of St.Louis, Mo. – the nation’s eighth largest Catholic health care organization.


Media Coverage: Citiscapes Magazine