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ACR Safety Committee and Adult Radiation Protection Chairs to Speak at FDA Public Meeting on Radiation Exposure from Medical Imaging

Washington, DC E. Stephen Amis, MD, FACR, co-chair of the ACR/RSNA Joint Task Force on Adult Radiation Protection and past chair of the ACR Board of Chancellors, and Richard L. Morin, PhD, FACR, chair of the American College of Radiology Safety Committee, will represent the ACR at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Public Meeting: Device Improvement to Reduce Unnecessary Radiation Exposure from Medical Imaging March 30-31, 2010, in Gaithersburg, MD.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss steps that could be taken by manufacturers of devices used in CT and fluoroscopy that would reduce unnecessary patient exposure to ionizing radiation during CT and Fluoroscopic procedures. Each day will be divided into two sessions. Day one will focus on equipment features that manufacturers should incorporate in CT scanners (morning) and fluoroscopes (afternoon) to reduce unnecessary exposure. Day two will focus on steps manufacturers should take to improve training of individuals who use these devices (morning) and steps to improve quality assurance at medical imaging facilities with respect to these two modalities (afternoon).

Both Dr. Morin and Dr. Amis will make scientific presentations during the two day meeting and serve as part of the primary roundtable during discussion.

ACR members Donald P. Frush, chair of the ACR Pediatric Imaging Commission, Keith Strauss, MS, FACR, of the ACR Subcommittee on Radiation Exposure, Marilyn Goske, MD, chair of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging, and Marta Hernanz Schulman, MD FACR, chair of the ACR Pediatrics Guidelines and Standards Committee, will present and participate in roundtable discussions on behalf of the Image GentlySM campaign, of which the ACR is a founding member. Other ACR members are expected to present on their own behalf or as representatives of their facilities.

For more information or to arrange an interview with an ACR spokesperson, please contact ACR Director of Public Affairs Shawn Farley at 703-648-8936 or sfarley@acr-arrs.org.

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