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

mages. In addition, the ICACTL accreditation program specifically requires personnel certification in CT, which ASRT supports.
  • CT scans should be performed only when there is a clear medical reason. CT scans are a valuable diagnostic tool and often are the only method of obtaining important diagnostic information, but they should be used only when medically necessary. The authors of one of the Archives of Internal Medicine articles estimate that as many as 30 percent of CT scans are not medically necessary.
  • Institutions should establish protocols to reduce and standardize CT dose. For example, multiphase scans should not be routinely ordered or performed, dose should be adjusted based on the patient’s size and weight, and only the indicated area should be scanned. The Image Gently campaign, which focuses on reducing dose to children undergoing CT and others types of medical imaging examinations, offers sample CT protocols at its Web site at www.imagegently.org. The ASRT is a founding member of the Image Gently campaign, and worked with content experts to design educational modules for technologists related to decreasing pediatric exposure in CT. These modules are currently available on the Image Gently Web site.

  • The ASRT has a long history of providing educational materials to assist radiologic technologists in minimizing radiation dose during medical imaging examinations. To help radiologic technologists perform quality CT examinations, the ASRT is producing a 10-module course on the basics of CT. The first five modules, including one on patient safety, are already available. The patient safety module demonstrates the methods used
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