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Patient safety highlights American Association of Physicists in Medicine
Date:7/15/2010

Washington, D.C. (July 15, 2010) -- Next week the city of Philadelphia will host the 52nd annual meeting of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), the premier organization in medical physics, a broadly-based scientific and professional discipline encompassing physics principles and applications in medicine and biology.

Many of the presentations and symposia at the meeting are focused on patient safety -- tailoring therapy to the specific needs of people undergoing treatment, adding safeguards to enhance quality assurance, and finding ways to image children and adults safely at lower radiation exposures while maintaining good image quality, and more.

Some of the highlights of these presentations are listed below. Journalists are invited to attend the meeting for free. The meeting lasts from July 18 - 22, 2010, and registration information appears at the end of this release.

PATIENT SAFETY HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE MEETING

  1. Special Symposium: Medical Radiation and Patient Safety
  2. Reducing Radiation Dose -- and Future Cancer Risk -- in Pediatric Patients
  3. Risk of Radiation-Induced Cataracts Among Cardiologists
  4. Cancer Risks From Radiation Should Include Age, Sex
  5. IAEA "Smart Card" Effort to Create Radiation Passports
  6. From "Step and Shoot" to a Smooth Spiral -- Evolving CT Dose Assessment
  7. Medical Scanners Get a Check-Up
  8. Time Out Procedures Reduce Error Rates
  9. One Canadian Hospital's Encouraging Results Reducing Radiation Dose
  10. Safety Science: Emergency Off Systems
  11. New Data Management System Helps Promote Patient Safety
  12. Risks of Accurate Therapy -- Making Radiation Safer for Pediatric Patients
  13. Other Presentations of Interest
  14. More Meeting Information


1) SPECIAL SYMPOSIUM: MEDICIAL RADIATION AND PATIENT SAFETY

Recent radiation overdoses at three Los Angeles-area hospitals and one hospital in Alabama have thro
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