More Than 1,000 Imaging Providers Pledge to “Image Gently”
Since the Jan. 22 launch of the “Image Gently” campaign (www.imagegently.org
), more than 1,000 imaging providers, representing more than 800 facilities nationwide, have taken the Image Gently pledge to reduce the radiation dose estimate used in the performance of computed tomography (CT) scans on children.
The Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging launched the “Image Gently” campaign to reinforce that children are more sensitive to radiation than adults, and cumulative radiation exposure to their growing bodies could, over time, have adverse effects. The Alliance urges providers to visit the Image Gently Web site and pledge to:
* Significantly reduce, or “child-size,” the amount of radiation used
* Not over-scan:
- Scan only when necessary
- Scan only the indicated region
- Scan once; multi-phase scanning (pre-and post-contrast, delayed exams) is rarely helpful
* Be a team player:
- Involve medical physicists to monitor pediatric CT techniques
- Involve technologists to optimize scanning
Since the launch of this campaign and the Image Gently site has received approximately 45,000 visits. More than 4,600 providers have downloaded the helpful protocols which aid physicians and facilities determine the appropriate radiation techniques to use in the imaging of children.
to visit the Image Gently Web site today and pledge to do your part to “child-size” the radiation dose used in children’s imaging.
*Watch for the Image Gently poster and calendar in the February issue of the ACR Bulletin. Please post in your CT area.
This blog post was reprinted with permission of the ACR - American College of Radiology