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American Imaging Management Launches Patient Safety Program to Increase Awareness of Radiation Dose Associated with Advanced Imaging Procedures
Date:2/21/2008

s increased dramatically. According to a study by Dr. Fred A. Mettler Jr., professor emeritus in the department of radiology at the University of New Mexico, the per capita effective radiation dose from diagnostic procedures increased by over 600% between 1980 and 2006.

The rapid increase in radiation dose for consumers and the concern regarding the potentially detrimental effects of excessive radiation exposure have been the focus of American College of Radiology, as well the New England Journal of Medicine.

"Diagnostic imaging is an extremely valuable clinical tool," said AIM's Chief Medical Officer for Radiology Programs and a Board Certified Radiologist E. Maureen White, MD, MS, MBA, FACR, CPE. "Our goal is to provide physicians with easy-to-use information in support of the most optimal use of imaging for their patients."

AIM is also developing tools that will provide information to physicians at the point of ordering an advanced imaging procedure. Physicians participating in AIM's programs will be notified when they request an imaging procedure for their patient that has already been exposed to high doses of radiation from prior imaging that has been recorded within AIM's programs. The tools are expected to be available by 3rd quarter of 2008.

"Supplying information on a patient's imaging history and the amount of radiation associated with a procedure at the time the scan is ordered is of the highest value to the physician," said Dr. White. "They will have a better understanding of their patient's prior imaging activity and can use that information as part of their clinical decision-making process."

AIM is a leader in managing outpatient imaging services through innovative solutions. AIM pioneered the integration of technology and clinical content for radiology management through the introduction of web-based prior authorization in 2002. In 2006, AIM introduced OptiNet(sm) the first set of web-enabled tools to designed to pro
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