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Community hospital implements successful CT radiation dose reduction program
Date:7/31/2011

In an effort to reduce the radiation dose delivered by computed tomography (CT) scans, staff at a community-based hospital developed a comprehensive CT radiation dose reduction program which has allowed them to reduce the radiation dose delivered by CT scans at their facility, according to an article in the August issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

CT is an essential tool for the accurate diagnosis of disease and injury but is associated with radiation doses higher than those of conventional X-ray imaging. Although high doses of radiation are known to increase the risk for cancer, the effects of the much lower doses used in diagnostic imaging are not conclusively known.

"This uncertainty makes it good practice and in the interest of patient safety for medical facilities to reduce radiation dose to the lowest level necessary for accurate diagnosis," said Mary Ellen Jafari, MS, DABR, lead author of the article.

Staff at Gundersen Lutheran Health System, a physician-led health care system headquarted in La Crosse, Wisconsin, developed a comprehensive CT radiation dose reduction program.

"The focus of our program is on easily implemented, practical actions. Prioritized for dose reduction actions are high-dose examinations, patients scanned repeatedly for chronic conditions, pediatric patients and pregnant patients," said Jafari.

Staff implemented practical actions on the basis of a system of key strategies, including ensuring proper CT scanner functionality and appropriately trained staff members, monitoring and evaluation of radiation dose, optimization of CT acquisition protocols and education of referring physicians and patients. CT acquisition protocol changes demonstrably reduced effective dose. For example, a low-dose renal stone CT scan protocol reduced effective dose by 64 percent. Other dose reductions varied by protocol type.

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Contact: Heather Curry
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703-390-9822
American College of Radiology
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