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Summit aims to develop guidelines for safe and effective CT scans
Date:4/29/2010

COLLEGE PARK, MD (April 28, 2010) -- A national "CT Dose Summit" in Atlanta, GA this week will bring together some of the world's leading experts on medical imaging to lay the foundation for assembling optimized guidelines for performing CT scans -- a common medical imaging procedure that uses X-rays to show cross-sectional images of the body.

The summit, which takes place April 29-30, will be hosted by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), a professional organization whose members are board-certified health professionals and research scientists specializing in the use of radiation in medicine. The summit itself is a working meeting that is closed to the press, but reporters who are interested in speaking to any of its organizers or invited speakers can arrange for interviews by contacting Jason Bardi at 858-775-4080 or jbardi@aip.org

The goal of the summit is to lay the foundation for establishing a set of consensus protocols, which will help to ensure that life-saving CT exams can always be done as safely and effectively as possible. These protocols -- or scan instructions -- vary considerably according to the particular procedure, the age and body type of the patient, and the make and model of the CT scanner.

Up to now, hospitals and imaging centers have developed their own protocols, typically based on the ones that come from their system's manufacturer.

Starting with protocols developed at some of the nation's largest and most prestigious hospitals, the AAPM plans to work with technical experts from throughout the imaging community, including leading radiologists and manufacturers, to develop consensus protocols that will be freely available via the Internet.

"These protocols determine the quality of the CT exam. With the increased capabilities and complexities of modern CT systems, it doesn't make sense to reinvent protocols at every institution," says
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Contact: Jason Socrates Bardi
jbardi@aip.org
858-775-4080
American Institute of Physics
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