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Mary Jane Curson has devoted 39 years of her life to radiology, 16 of those at EJGH. After graduating from the Indiana University School of Radiology in 1973, Mary Jane gained experience in mammography, CT and special procedures, as well as x-ray. She has been working in a supervisory capacity for the past 15 years; her duties at EJ include supervising CT. "When I first entered the field of radiology, I would never have imagined the advances in technology we have today. I am so pleased to be a part of this new CT technology that is available only at EJGH," states Curson.
Dr. John Joslyn, neuroradiologist and Medical Director of Radiology was born in Durham, North Carolina, and grew up in Roanoke, Virginia. After earning degrees from Duke University and the University of Virginia School of Medicine, he completed his radiology residency and neuroradiology fellowship at the University of South Alabama. Dr. Joslyn spent the first 15 years of his radiology career teaching radiology to medical students and residents, serving as a faculty member of the University of Maryland, Tulane University and LSU Medical Schools. He entered private practice in 2000 at EJGH and has served as Division Chief of Radiology and Medical Director of Radiology since 2008.
With the installation of the Siemens Somatom Definition Flash, East Jefferson General Hospital introduced the latest in CT technology to the New Orleans metro area. This dual source CT scanner, featuring two X-ray tubes and two detectors that simultaneously revolve around the patient's body, is the first of its kind to be installed in Louisiana.
The fastest scanning speed in CT (43 cm/s) and a temporal resolution of 75 milliseconds mean that larger areas of the body can be scanned in less time, eliminating breath holds in many cases.
Time-critical studies in stroke and trauma patients are expedited, resulting in decreased treatment delay. Because of the faster scan time, the entire heart can be imaged in less than half a heart beat (250 ms), making it possible to perform CT coronary angiography in patients with arrhythmias and tachycardia.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in America with over 150,000 deaths per year. The results of the National Cancer Institute's National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2011, demonstrate a 20 percent reduction in lung cancer deaths in smokers screened with annual low-dose chest CT, as opposed to those receiving annual chest x-rays. As a result of this study, the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network recommend annual CT screening for current or former heavy smokers.EJGH implemented a CT lung cancer screening program on July 2, 2012. Current and former smokers 55 years of age and older, with a minimum 30 pack-year history of smoking, with no history of lung cancer, are eligible to participate. All scans are performed on state-of-the-art CT scanners, utilizing the latest technology to minimize radiation dose. A doctor's order is necessary to schedule the exam; results will be sent to the patient as well as the ordering physician. For scheduling, please call (504) 885-4223 or (504) 883-6900.