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The mission of the Image Gently Alliance is, through advocacy, to improve safe and effective imaging care of children worldwide.

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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.

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7/15/2018: Diagnostic Medical Imaging in Pediatric Patients and Subsequent Cancer Risk

David J.Mulvihill, MD; Sachin Jhawar, MD; John B.Kostis, MD; SharadGoyal, MD

Introduction
Environmental factors have long been thought to play a role in the development of adult and pediatric malignancies. Studies involving long-term survivors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as well as studies involving nuclear and radiation workers have provided compelling evidence correlating ionizing radiation with carcinogenesis 1, 2. Furthermore, it is estimated that only 5% of pediatric cancers are directly attributable to an inherited genetic cause (3), and ionizing radiation has been shown to be causal in a large number of human malignancies (4). At times veiled within the context of health-care delivery, exposure to ionizing radiation from diagnostic medical imaging is increasing in the United States. In a report by the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements in 2009, it was stated that “in 2006 Americans were exposed to more than seven times as much ionizing radiation from medical procedures as was the case in the early 1980s” (5). The pediatric population is certainly not immune to the rising radiation exposure from medical imaging. For example, the increased use of computed tomography (CT) scanners in the diagnosis of pediatric conditions has grown steadily over the past decade (6), and according to some publications

7/11/2018: Clinical application of ‘Justification’ and ‘Optimization’ principle of ALARA in pediatric CT imaging...

Kushaljit S.Sodhi, SatheeshKrishna, Akshay K.Saxena, AninditaSinha, NiranjanKhandelwal, Edward Y.Lee

Received 10 April 2015, Revised 22 May 2015, Accepted 26 May 2015, Available online 27 May 2015.

Highlights
• Practice of ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) principle in the developed world is currently well established. However, there is striking lack of published data regarding such experience in the developing countries. Therefore, the goal of this study is to prospectively evaluate CT request forms to assess how many children could be saved from harmful radiation exposure if ‘Justification’ and ‘Optimization’ principles of ALARA are applied before obtaining CT imaging in a developing country.

• A consecutive 1302 CT request forms over a six month study period (May 16, 2013 to November 15, 2013) in a tertiary pediatric children’s hospital in India were prospectively reviewed by two pediatric radiologists before obtaining CT imaging. First, ‘Justification’ of CT was evaluated and then ‘Optimization’ was applied for evaluation of appropriateness of the requested CT studies. The number (and percentage) of CT studies that was avoided by applying ‘Justification’ and ‘Optimization’ principle of ALARA were calculated. The difference in number of declined and optimized CT requests between CT requests from inpatient and outpatient departments was compared using Chi-Square test.

July 5: Does clinical indication play a role in CT radiation dose in pediatric patients?

By: Sotiria Triantopoulou an dVerginia Tsapaki

Highlights
• The diseases associated with multiple CT examinations in children are identified.

• Children with malignancy are exposed to high radiation doses from CT examinations.

• Children with malignancies have an increased risk for radiation-induced cancer.

• The necessity of minimizing the CT radiation dose of these patients is emphasized.

Abstract
Purpose
The purpose of this study was to identify the main pathologies for which CT is applied on pediatric patients and the related radiation doses as reported in the literature in order to facilitate justification and CT optimization.

Methods
A critical analysis of a literature review was performed. Different

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.

[Read more...]

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...]

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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