Radiation Doses to and From Patients in Nuclear Medicine: Challenges and Solutions

Imaging Technology News Webinar Series — Supported by an educational grant from Philips Healthcare

 

July 23, 2013
Medhat M. Osman, MD, ScM, PhD

Archived Webinar

CME Not available for on-demand session

The Imaging Technology News webinar "Radiation Doses to and from Patients in Nuclear Medicine: Challenges and Solutions" will include discussion of new technology, protocol adjustments and changes in discharge procedures to reduce radiation exposure from SPECT/CT, PET/CT and FDG PET/CT.

 
Originally broadcast on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013
 
2 – 3 p.m. Eastern
 
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Statement of Purpose/Need:
Radiation exposure has become a major public health concern in both lay and medical publications. In nuclear medicine, the recent introduction of hybrid imaging in the form of SPECT/CT and PET/CT have resulted in increasing concerns regarding additional radiation doses from CT. In addition, FDG PET/CT patients could potentially expose the unsuspecting general public after leaving the PET/CT centers to a radiation dose level higher than the limit set by the NRC. Utilization of new cameras offers the ability to minimize radiation exposure to patients and technologists. Furthermore, the implementation of simple protocol adjustments as well as inexpensive changes in discharge procedures following FDG PET/CT scans can reduce the radiation exposure to other patients and the general public. Participants will be able to outline the current challenges and potential solutions to address radiation exposure in nuclear medicine.
 
Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:
  • Identify the variation in radiation doses for patients undergoing SPECT/CT and PET/CT
  • Assess the potential radiation exposure from FDG PET/CT patients
  • Apply simple imaging protocol changes to decrease radiation doses to patients and technologists
  • Apply simple changes in discharge instructions to FDG PET/CT that would result in significant reduction in radiation exposure to the general public.
Presenter:
Medhat M. Osman, MD, ScM, PhD
Professor, Department of Radiology
Director of Nuclear Medicine and PET/CT Division of Nuclear Medicine
Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Mo.
Nuclear Medicine Staff Physician, Department of Diagnostic Imaging
John Cochran Veterans Administration Hospital, St. Louis, Mo.
 
Dr. Medhat M. Osman is a tenured Professor in the Department of Radiology at Saint Louis University (SLU). He received his PhD in Radiation Health Sciences and Nuclear Medicine, residency in nuclear medicine, and fellowship in PET from The Johns Hopkins University
 
Intended Audience:
This activity is intended for radiologists, radiographic technologists, physicists, pharmacists and other staff involved in nuclear imaging..
 
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.
 
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.
 
Medhat M. Osman, M.D., ScM, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Radiology
Director of Nuclear Medicine and PET/CT Division of Nuclear Medicine
Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Mo.
Nuclear Medicine Staff Physician, Department of Diagnostic Imaging
John Cochran Veterans Administration Hospital, St. Louis, Mo.
 
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.
 
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