The Changing Landscape of Dose Regulations, Techniques and Technologies to Optimize Dose Management and Safety

Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology Webinar Series — Supported by an educational grant from Toshiba America Medical Systems

 

August 13, 2013
Vijay S. Iyer, M.D., Ph.D., FACC

This CME webinar will summarize the biological effects of X-ray radiation exposure in cath labs and methods to minimize dose to both clinical staff and patients. It will define strategies and technologies to prepare for potential problems relating to repeated diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, and summarize current initiatives and regulations that are focused on reducing exposure of patients.

Release Date:  September 20, 2013

Expiration Date:  September 20, 2014

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Statement of Purpose/Need:
This webinar will focus on summarizing biological effects of radiation exposure in catheterization labs and methods to minimize dose to both clinical staff and patients. A focus of this lecture will be on patients with congenital heart disease who undergo frequent and numerous cardiac catheterizations during their lifetime. It will define strategies and technologies to prepare for potential problems relating to repeated diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, and summarize current initiatives and regulations that are focused on reducing exposure of patients.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the biological effects of radiation exposure.
  2. Identify the factors that affect radiation exposure in the catheterization laboratory.
  3. Illustrate how new technologies such as digital zoom, rotational angiography and spot fluoroscopy can be used to reduce radiation dose.
  4. Summarize current initiatives centered on reducing exposure of patients with congenital heart disease during cardiac catheterization.
  5. Apply local quality improvement initiatives to reduce patient and staff radiation exposure.
  6. Describe future technologies that will help track radiation exposure.


Presenters:
Ralf J. Holzer, M.D., MSc, is a co-director of Cardiac Catheterization and Interventional Therapy at The Heart Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital. He is associate professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Holzer received his medical degree from Johannes Gutenberg Universitat Mainz in Germany. After completing his residency, he received fellowship training at Royal Liverpool Children’s NHS Trust in England and University of Chicago Children’s Hospital.

Vijay S. Iyer, M.D., Ph.D., FACC, is an assistant professor of medicine at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and medical director of cardiology and director of structural heart interventions at Buffalo General Medical Center in Buffalo, N.Y. Areas of expertise include general cardiology, interventional cardiology (peripheral and structural heart interventions) and complex valve disorders. Research interests involve investigational interventional devices, stem cell therapeutics and acute coronary syndromes. Work at the Center for Research in Cardiovascular Medicine has focused on hibernating myocardium, stem cell therapeutics for acute and chronic cardiovascular conditions. Future interests include the development of effective regional systems of care for acute coronary syndromes.

Intended Audience:
This webinar is intended for interventional cardiologists, interventional radiologists, cath lab staff and other clinicians who work in a catheterization lab or hybrid suite centered around an angiography X-ray imaging system.

Accreditation and Credit Designation:
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the essential areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the Academy for Continued Healthcare Learning (ACHL) and Scranton Gillette Communications. ACHL is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Academy for Continued Healthcare Learning designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure information:

Current guidelines require that participants in CME/CE activities be made aware of all affiliations or financial interests that may be perceived as affecting the presentation of the faculty member. All conflicts of interest will be resolved prior to the start of the educational activity.

Ralf J. Holzer, M.D., MSc
Co-Director, Cardiac Catheterization and Interventional Therapy, The Heart Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Ohio State University College of Medicine

Financial relationships: None

Discussion of off-label, investigational or experimental drug use: None

Vijay S. Iyer, M.D., Ph.D., FACC
Assistant Professor of Medicine, University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Medical Director of Cardiology, Director of Structural Heart Interventions, Buffalo General Medical Center, Buffalo, NY

Financial relationships: None

Discussion of off-label, investigational or experimental drug use: None

The Academy for Continued Healthcare Learning and Scranton Gillette Communications staff members and others involved with the planning, development, and review of the content for this activity have no relevant affiliations or financial relationships to disclose.

Method of Participation for CME
This is a recorded webcast originally presented live on September 19, 2013. To participate in this activity, the participant should review the learning objectives and faculty/staff disclosures, view the online Webcast, reflect on the content, and complete the post-test. This activity will take approximately one hour to complete. A certificate of credit will be immediately available when the completed post-test and evaluation are submitted online (see additional instructions below). A minimum passing score of 66% must be achieved on the post-test. There is no fee to participate in the activity or for the generation of the certificate. 
 
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1.View the online webcast in its entirety.
2.Go to www.accessCME.org, click on “Get Certificate” (top left corner), enter the Certificate Code provided on the webcast slides, and complete post-test.

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