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Image Gently Mission Statement Update 

The mission of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging (the Image Gently Alliance) is, through advocacy, to improve safe and effective imaging care of children worldwide.

Campaign Overview

The Image Gently Campaign and the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging rely on the generous donations of resources from the founding organizations (Society for Pediatric Radiology, American College of Radiology,  American Society for Radiologic Technologists, and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine), all Alliance Organizations, supporters, and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. The leadership gratefully acknowledges the time, talent and expertise from representatives of GE Healthcare, Philips Healthcare, Toshiba America, and Siemens Medical Systems, who are committed to improving healthcare for children through activities related to this campaign.

The Alliance is grateful for the unrestricted educational grant from GE Healthcare made in 2007.  The campaign does not accept corporate financial donations at this time.


International Day of Medical Physics

To raise awareness about the role medical physicists play for benefit of patients, the International Organization for Medical Physics (IOMP) organizes annually the International Day of Medical Physics (IDMP) on November 7, an important date in the history of medical physics. On that day in 1867, Marie Sklodowska-Curie, known for her pioneering research on radioactivity, was born in Poland. We celebrate the 4th IDMP on November 7, 2016. The theme of IDMP 2016 is ‘Education in Medical Physics: The Key to Success’. Your support and active participation is greatly appreciated! Learn more here.

2015 Butterfly Award Winners

Maria Perez, MD   

Maria Perez, MD
Donald Frush, MD, Image Gently Chair and Maria Perez, MD at the ECR Meeting in Vienna, Austria in March 2016. Dr. Perez was presented the Butterfly Award, announced at the 2015 RSNA for her work with radiation education for children

Madan Rehani, PhD

Madan Rehani, PhD
Dr. Rehani smiling while holding his Butterfly Award, announced at the 2015 RSNA for his work with radiation education for children

Children's Book on CT

A children’s book entitled, Learning about X-rays with Lula and Ethan is based on one young child, Ethan, getting a head CT after having a minor playground injury. Read more here....

 

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News

News from WHO: Communicating Radiation Risks in Pediatric Imaging

 

News from AAPM: Educational Material to meet Joint Commission requirements

 

NEW: ISRQSA News - January 2016 Edition

 

News from ACR: New Microsite

The ACR recently launched a new microsite (http://www.acraccreditation.org/) for accreditation to help facilities more easily find information on ACR Accreditation programs. You can still access ACR Accreditation through the main ACR website www.acr.org, and click on accreditation. The microsite also includes an improved pediatric accredited facility search feature (http://www.acraccreditation.org/accredited-facility-search) that allows patients, families and referring physicians to find accredited facilities and those awarded special recognition (see the seals under “What do the seals mean?”).


The Image Gently® supporter logo (see below) indicates that a facility is accredited in pediatric CT imaging. Such facilities commit to imaging pediatric patients with appropriate radiation dose. 

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NEW: Consumer Reports: The Value of an Alliance

The Value of an Alliance

The National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) are valued Image Gently® Alliance members. The ACR was a founding organization and the NCRP was one of the earliest Alliance members. Both organizations have a strong commitment to public information and welfare. Read more....

NEW: AuntMinnie - Google Analytics helps enhance Image Gently website

 

Answers to Common Questions About the Use and Safety of CT Scans

 

68th World Health Assembly

 

New York Image Safe Webinars

 

"Impact of North American Guidelines Relating to Pediatric NM Exams" Article

 

IAEA Patient Leaflet

 

Federal Guidance Report No.14

 

CT Pediatric Protocols

 

In the National Media

  • the Image Gently® response to the 4/2/2014 Newsweek article entitled  "Death Rays"
  • the Image Gently® response to the 1/31/2014 NYT op-ed "Are we Giving Ourselves Cancer?"

Image Gently & MITA work together

MITA And Image Gently Release Joint Position Paper On Interventional X-Ray Equipment For Pediatric Patients

The position paper offers essential questions and insights for engineers and designers of interventional X-ray imaging technologies for pediatric patients (from neonate to 21 years of age) to consider when developing such equipment, with the ultimate goal of improving patient outcomes, enhancing image quality and managing radiation dose.

 Click here to access the press release.

Image Gently Letter to Parents

June 2013 - An article has been published in Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) - Pediatrics this month with regard to radiation exposure during CT scans and the effects on pediatric patients.  Please click here to read the response from Image Gently.

NCRP Report 172 Available

The NCRP Report No. 172, Reference Levels and Achievable Doses in Medical and Dental Imaging: Recommendations for the United States is now available.  This Report represents an important continuation of NCRP reports on radiation safety and health protection in medicine and lays the foundation for the development and application of DRLs and achievable doses for diagnostic x-ray examinations.  Please click here to read the NCRP press release and for information on how to purchase a copy.

Dose Notifications and Alerts for CT Scanners

The American Association of Physicists in Medicine’s (AAPM) Working Group on Standardization of CT Nomenclature and Protocols has developed a PowerPoint presentation explaining what the Dose Check Standard’s dose notifications and dose alerts are, how they work, how they should be used, and cautions for certain clinical applications.  Access the presentation here.

Most hospitals follow pediatric nuclear medicine dose guidelines

 

Administered Activities in Pediatric Nuclear Medicine and the Impact of the 2010 North American Consensus Guidelines on General Hospitals in the United States

 

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