News | Angiography | December 09, 2015

Image Wisely Radiation Safety Case Available to Help Assess Radiation Safety Concepts

New Image Wisely Radiation Safety Case available: C-arm based cone beam CT in interventional radiology 

The eighth Image Wisely Radiation Safety Case — C-arm Based Cone Beam CT in Interventional Radiology — is now available to help radiologists, imaging technologists and medical physicists assess their understanding of important radiation safety concepts — including dose monitoring and optimization. This is the newest in a series of free, online and mobile-compatible Image Wisely educational offerings, developed with the assistance of the American College of Radiology (ACR).

This case explains the basic concepts of C-arm based cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) and the differences in determining radiation dose between cone-beam CT and multidetector CT. “C-arm based CBCT— with its ability to depict vessels in multiple planes and also to show soft tissue contrast — has the potential to substantially improve the outcomes of interventional radiology procedures,” said Sharjeel Sabir, M.D., University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, who co-authored the case with Kyle Jones, Ph.D., also of UT MD Anderson Cancer Center. “There are many benefits to C-arm based CBCT, but there is a learning curve involved for equipment setup. In addition, it is important for operators to think carefully about the radiation exposure to patients during C-arm based CBCT, since traditional dose metrics currently used in MDCT and fluoroscopy do not directly apply to CBCT.”

Several radiation safety cases are presented throughout the year. Case content includes embedded questions that provide expert feedback as well as references and resources for further study. Continuing education credit for radiologists, imaging technologists and medical physicists is available. This case is directed primarily toward physicians, residents and interventional technologists.

“Care should be taken when performing CBCT scans to limit the number during a procedure to only those necessary for meaningful imaging and patient safety,” said Donald J. Peck, Ph.D., FACR, director of the Image Wisely Radiation Safety Case series and member of the Image Wisely executive committee. “Imaging professionals are encouraged to complete these free radiation safety cases to reinforce their knowledge on these important topics,” he added.

The eighth case, C-arm Based Cone Beam CT in Interventional Radiology, offers a total of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits; 0.5 MPCEC Credits by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs Inc.; and 0.5 Category A Credits of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Image Wisely is an initiative of the ACR, the Radiological Society of North America, the American Association of Physicists in Medicine and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists with the objective of lowering the amount of radiation used in medically necessary imaging studies and eliminating unnecessary procedures. Image Wisely offers resources and information to radiologists, medical physicists, other imaging practitioners and patients.

For more information: www.acr.org

Related Content

Videos | Radiation Dose Management

The vendor Radiaction introduced a new type of scatter radiation protection shielding system that mounts to the ...

Home December 10, 2021
Home
Videos | Radiation Dose Management

Dr. Simon Dixon, MBChB, chair of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak, the Dorothy ...

Home November 17, 2021
Home
News | Radiation Dose Management

November 5, 2021 – An FDA-approved device used during cardiac cath lab procedures cut radiation exposure for ...

Home November 05, 2021
Home
Webinar | Radiation Dose Management

A holistic view of contrast and radiation dose data is imperative to help identify opportunities for clinical and ...

Home August 27, 2021
Home
Feature | Radiation Dose Management | Dave Fornell, Editor

More than a decade ago, there was an alarming, rapid rise in ionizing radiation exposure in the U.S. population that was ...

Home November 04, 2020
Home
News | Radiation Dose Management

July 21, 2020 — Interventional cardiology is ranked as the occupation with the highest level of radiation exposure in ...

Home July 21, 2020
Home
Videos | Radiation Dose Management

Mahadevappa Mahesh, Ph.D., chief of medical physicist and professor of radiology and medical physics, Johns Hopkins ...

Home December 19, 2019
Home
News | Radiation Dose Management

July 18, 2019 — Low doses of radiation equivalent to three computed tomography (CT) scans, which are considered safe ...

Home July 18, 2019
Home
Podcast | Radiation Dose Management

Akshay Khandelwal, M.D., director of medical operations at the Henry Ford Heart and Vascular Institute, Detroit, and ...

Home June 14, 2019
Home
Podcast | Radiation Dose Management

A discussion with Nicholas Bevins, Ph.D., vice chair, physics and research, and Jessica Harrington, RCIS. They explain ...

Home June 06, 2019
Home
Subscribe Now