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Image Gently Mission Statement Update 

The mission of 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 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.


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2017 Butterfly Award Winner

  

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.

News

June 21, 2018: Optimizing Communication W/ Parents on Benefits and Risks in Peds Imaging

Nima Kasraie, PhDa, David Jordan, PhDb, Christopher Keup, MDa, Sjirk Westra, MD

Abstract
Effective radiation risk communication is a core competency for radiology care providers and can prevent and resolve potential conflicts while helping achieve effective public health safeguards. The authors present a synopsis of the challenges to holding such dialogue and review published methods for strengthening and maintaining this discourse. Twelve strategies are discussed in this article that can help alleviate concerns about the iatrogenic risk associated with medical imaging using radiation exposure.

Introduction
Despite improvements in protocol optimization and scanner technology to reduce exposure to children, there remains public concern about iatrogenic effects of radiation exposure. If patients or their parents are fearful of radiation exposure and have concerns reinforced by inaccurate information, there is risk for compromised patient care as access or image quality is diminished through efforts to reduce radiation dose 1, 2, 3, 4. Worse, patients may refuse appropriate diagnostic imaging tests, leading to suboptimal quality of care 3, 5.

Effective communication of benefits and risks from diagnostic imaging of adult and pediatric patients alike remains a serious concern 6, 7. Without effective dialogue between patients or their guardians and imaging professionals, [Read more…]

June 2018: IG’s Butler Presented CRCPD Meritorious Service Award

May 10: Japanese College of Radiology joins IG Alliance

Image Gently announces the addition of the Japanese College of Radiology (JCR) to the Alliance roster! Founded in 1973, JCR has 5,616 members.

http://www.jcr.or.jp/english/english.html

April 18, 2018: Minor head injury not reason enough for CT scan in children

New study helps emergency physicians avoid CT scans that carry cancer risk for young patients

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) —

A nationwide study of more than 40,000 children evaluated in hospital emergency departments for head trauma found that if children had only loss of consciousness, and no other signs or symptoms related to the head trauma, they are very unlikely to have sustained serious brain injuries. Children who have only isolated loss of consciousness after head trauma do not routinely require computed tomography (CT) scans of the head, reported researchers from UC Davis Health System and Boston Children’s Hospital.

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3/15/2018: Effect of staff training on radiation dose in pediatric CT

With ongoing technological developments in radiation protection, CT has become integral to pediatric radiology, and has established itself as an important part of the diagnostic algorithm [1–6]. Nevertheless, the awareness of the possible effects of ionizing radiation in the young and growing bodies of children requires that radiation dose and scan protocols be adapted to size, age, and clinical needs [6–9], according to the ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable) principles. In addition, [Read more...]

3/8/2018: A doctor talks about: Radiation risk from medical imaging

There’s been a lot in the media lately about radiation exposure from medical imaging, and many of my patients are asking about it. They want to know if radiation from mammograms, bone density tests, computed tomography (CT) scans, and so forth will increase their risk of developing cancer. For most women, there’s very little risk from routine x-ray imaging such as mammography or dental x-rays. But many experts are concerned about an explosion in the use of higher radiation–dose tests, such as CT and nuclear imaging.  [Read more...]

3/1/2018: 5 – 7 Mar 2018 Vienna: Technical Mtg on Implementation of Bonn Call for Action

In 2012, in Bonn, Germany, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) organized the International Conference on Radiation Protection in Medicine — Setting the Scene for the Next Decade. This conference, which was co-sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO), resulted in [Read more...]

1/30/2018: Informed Imaging Improves Safety for Children

Informed Imaging Improves Safety for Children

Children with complex diseases, such as congenital and acquired heart disease, frequently have complicated medical needs, sometimes requiring multiple surgeries and experiencing long hospitalizations. As a result, they are often exposed to many procedures involving ionizing radiation. Although the procedures are important for making an accurate diagnosis and planning the most effective course of treatment, ionizing radiation itself is potentially harmful and can lead to an increased risk of cancer over a patient’s... [Read more]

1/10/2018: Radiation dx mgmnt for pediatric cardiac CT: report from IG ‘Have-A-Heart’ campaign

Abstract

Children with congenital or acquired heart disease can be exposed to relatively high lifetime cumulative doses of ionizing radiation from necessary medical imaging procedures including radiography, fluoroscopic procedures including diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterizations, electrophysiology examinations, cardiac computed tomography (CT) studies, and nuclear cardiology examinations. Despite the clinical necessity of these imaging studies, the related ionizing radiation exposure could pose an increased lifetime attributable cancer risk. The Image Gently “Have-A-Heart” campaign is promoting the appropriate use of medical imaging studies in children with congenital or acquired heart disease while minimizing radiation exposure. The focus of this manuscript is to provide a comprehensive review of radiation dose management and CT performance in children with congenital or acquired heart disease.  [Read more...]

12/1/17 All radiation safety global alliances/campaigns gathered together at RSNA 2017

At RSNA all global alliances/campaigns gathered together for first time ever to present updates on recent activities and successes. Pictured (with organizations represented) from left to right are: Boudjema Mansouri, MD Arab Safe Michael Kawooya MD, PhD, AFROSAFE (English and French) Donald Frush MD, Image Gently Alliance Kanako Kumamaru,MD, PhD Japan Safe Radiology Guy Frija […]  Read more

11/08/2017: What parents need to know before orders for X-Rays, Scans and Radiation for Kids

When a child is ill or injured, you want your child to get whatever medical tests are needed, as soon as possible. But when it comes to imaging tests — such as X-rays, PET scans, and CT scans — the key word is “needed.” Those tests use radiation that, if exposed to often enough, has [Read more...]

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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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