Just received this email from the ASRT today and I’m very excited about this new website promoting radiation dose to pediatric patients. I’ve been passionate about this subject since I started CT 18 years ago, and I think its fantastic that we are finally unrecognizing the issue.
Please consider joining this campaign. Dave !!
ASRT members like you who work in CT are among the 400,000 health care professionals across the country receiving advance notice about a special effort to lower radiation dose when performing CT scans on children.
Today marks the launch of the Image Gently campaign, an initiative to lower pediatric radiation dose sponsored by the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging. The ASRT proudly supports the Image Gently campaign and is one of the four founding members of the Alliance. The other founding members are the Society for Pediatric Radiology, the American College of Radiology and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine.
I encourage you to join the Image Gently campaign. It’s easy. Visit the Image Gently Web site (www.imagegently.org) for the latest research and educational materials to assist you in determining appropriate radiation techniques to use. Take the pledge to image gently and encourage your coworkers to join in the effort.
The February issue of the ASRT Scanner features helpful advice on pediatric CT imaging and a free Image Gently poster. Display the poster in a visible area as a reminder to keep pediatric imaging child-sized.
Technologists are at the front line, working directly with patients to create the images physicians use to determine their diagnoses. We have an ethical obligation to produce the best images in the safest manner possible for the patient. Children are not simply smaller adults. Their bodies are different and require a different approach to imaging. When you perform imaging exams on children, please image gently.
Connie Mitchell, M.A., R.T.(R)(CT)
Let’s image gently when we care for kids! Be Wise. Adjust For Size.