Daily Bulletin 2015

New Image Wisely Radiation Safety Case Available

Monday, Nov. 30, 2015

The eighth Image Wisely® Radiation Safety Case—C-arm Based Cone Beam CT in Interventional Radiology—is now available to help radiologists, imaging technologists and medical physicists assess their understanding of important radiation safety concepts, including dose monitoring and optimization.

Developed by RSNA, ACR, AAPM and ASRT, this case explains the basic concepts of C-arm based cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) and the differences in determining radiation dose between cone-beam CT and multidetector CT. "C-arm based CBCT—with its ability to depict vessels in multiple planes and also to show soft tissue contrast--has the potential to substantially improve the outcomes of interventional radiology procedures," said Sharjeel Sabir, M.D., University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, who co-authored the case with Kyle Jones, Ph.D., also of UT MD Anderson Cancer Center.

"Care should be taken when performing CBCT scans to limit the number during a procedure to only those necessary for meaningful imaging and patient safety," said Donald J. Peck, Ph.D., FACR., director of the Image Wisely Radiation Safety Case series and member of the Image Wisely executive committee.

Continuing education credit for radiologists, imaging technologists and medical physicists is available. This case is directed primarily toward physicians, residents and interventional technologists.

Image Wisely is an initiative of RSNA, ACR, AAPM and ASRT.

RSNA 2015 attendees can pledge to Image Wisely at the RadiologyInfo.org booth in the RSNA Services area in Lakeside Center, or at the ACR, AAPM or ASRT booths in the exhibit halls.

Question of the Day:

We just purchased a new CT scanner from a different vendor and it's like trying to learn a new language to understand their parameters. How do I learn the new nomenclature?

Tip of the day:

Even if it is your personal lead apron, if it is stored on-site at the clinic, it must be checked annually as part of a quality assurance program.

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