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The mission of the Image Gently Alliance is, through advocacy, to improve safe and effective imaging care of children worldwide.
The Image Gently Campaign and the Image Gently Alliance 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.
The SPR has arranged for Image Gently donations to be made through their secure website system. Support the Image Gently Campaign here!
2017 Butterfly Award
Dr. S. Ted Treves and Dr. Fred Fahey accepted the 2017 Butterfly Award on behalf of the Image Gently Nuclear Medicine Working Group at the 2017 Image Gently Alliance Meeting in Chicago, Illinois on November 27, 2017.
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....
A proposed framework balances quality and safety of computed tomography protocols across a range of body sizes in pediatric populations. Read about it here.
Two new pediatric CT protocols have been created by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Alliance for Quality Computed Tomography. There are now a total of three pediatric exam protocols available: routine head, routine chest, and routine Abdomen/pelvis. These protools account for the spectrum of pediatric patient size (from neonatal to 18yrs), and the protocols are specified for 37 common CT makes and models.
Find the protocols here: http://www.aapm.org/pubs/CTProtocols/
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August 22, 2017
Statement from the Image Gently Alliance on the Potential Risk to Children Associated with Ionizing Radiation from Medical Imaging
There is ongoing dialogue in the medical and scientific communities about the level of health risk to children - if any - from exposure to low-level radiation in diagnostic imaging. This discussion includes any increased lifetime risk of developing cancer.
There is little to no disagreement that unnecessary radiation exposure should be avoided. This can be achieved through informed use of imaging examinations or procedures that use ionizing radiation (CT, nuclear medicine, etc.).
To this end, the Image Gently Alliance (www.imagegently.org, www.imagegentlyparents.org, www.imagegentlyproviders.org) has consistently promoted accountability and best practices to:
- use imaging when clinically appropriate,
- use the appropriate imaging modality, and
- child-size the examination.
This translates to the Right Exam, at the Right Time, done the Right Way.
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Click here for the latest from IAEA Radiation Protection of Patients..!
On Saturday, May 6th, in “G. Gaslini Children’s Hospital” of Genoa, one of the most important pediatric hospitals of Italy, an Open
The aim of this event was to promote a series of meeting with children, parents and professionals about the specific needs of care of young people and their families.
We, as radiologic team of the Institute, had set-up a booth with documents, leaflets, videos and professionals showing the correct way to use x-ray in children. Several leaflets were the Italian official translated copies of the Image Gently information for parents. Moreover we had Think A-Head posters and Image Gently pins useful to illustrate that our radiologic practices are guided by the IG Alliance indications.
More than 300 persons participated in the events, and it was really exciting for us to speak with parents and children about our daily work explaining the efforts to produce good diagnostic images using the less invasive way.
Obviously every visitor of the Open Day of “G. Gaslini Children’s Hospital” returned home wearing a beautiful Image Gently pin.
Marco A. Ciccone
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.
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....
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.