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ACR commission and committee chairs and former board chair to present at NIH Radiation Dose Summit
Date:2/22/2011

v. MGH has organized a department task force to implement strategies to reach this goal. MGH has already successfully completed many types of CT exams that utilized less than one mSv of radiation.

Imaging exams save millions of lives each year. Scans are directly linked to longer life expectancy and declining death rates. The responsible use of radiation is essential to continuing these patient benefits. As the medical professionals with extensive training and unique expertise in the effects of radiation, radiologists and medical physicist have long worked to minimize dose from individual scans, avoid unnecessary exams and help other providers do so. These programs can reduce adverse events, unwarranted radiation exposure and unnecessary cost if Congress would vote to require all imaging providers including hospitals to participate in them:

  • Computerized decision support software, based on ACR Appropriateness Criteria, help doctors prescribe the most appropriate scan for the patient's condition and reduce unnecessary exams.

  • ACR accreditation decreases duplicate scans and unnecessary radiation exposure by requiring basic physician training standards, regular surveys of scanners by a medical physicist and technologist certification.

  • The ACR CT Dose Index Registry allows facilities to submit anonymous patient dose information for each CT exam and compare their doses against national benchmarks. The system will alert them when thresholds are exceeded.


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Contact: Shawn Farley
sfarley@acr.org
703-648-8936
American College of Radiology / American Roentgen Ray Society
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