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ASRT Supports Efforts to Minimize CT Radiation Dose
Date:12/17/2009

educe dose delivered during CT scans, the ASRT recommends:
 
  • Technologists responsible for performing CT scans should be certified in computed tomography by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. To become certified, technologists must meet specific clinical requirements and pass a national test covering subjects such as patient assessment, radiation safety, CT systems and image processing, as well as knowledge of specific imaging procedures. They also must complete continuing education to remain registered. “One of the best ways to minimize dose is to ensure that only qualified personnel perform CT scans,” said Ms. Mayo.
  • Educational and certification requirements for personnel who perform medical imaging examinations should be standardized nationwide. Currently, there is wide variation from state to state in the requirements for personnel who perform these examinations. The Consistency, Accuracy, Responsibility and Excellence in Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy bill (CARE bill), introduced in the House of Representatives in September as H.R. 3652, would establish minimum national standards. The ASRT has lobbied for passage of the CARE bill for more than 10 years as an important way to ensure the safety of patients undergoing medical imaging examinations.
  • Facilities that perform CT should participate in a CT accreditation program such as the ones offered by the American College of Radiology and the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Computed Tomography Laboratories. These programs evaluate qualifications of personnel, equipment performance, effectiveness of quality control measures and quality of CT i
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