HERE ARE THE WAYS WE ARE WORKING TO MINIMIZE BOTH ACCIDENTAL AND CUMULATIVE
The most important tool we use to reduce radiation exposure is called a
"protocol." A protocol is simply a detailed description of how
each exam should be conducted - how much radiation to use, how many passes
to make over what part of the patient's body, and so on. We have hundreds
of protocols for all types of exams on all types of machines, including
Our goal is to reduce the dose as much reasonably possible for all exams.
We customize the radiation dose according to the patient's weight,
age, medical history and the body part being scanned. This is especially
important for pediatric patients, as well as patients who must receive
frequent scans as a part of their care.
THE RIGHT IMAGING EXAM, AT THE RIGHT TIME, WITH THE RIGHT RADIATION DOSE.
If you have any concerns at all about receiving radiation, a staff member
will be glad to explain your procedure in greater detail.
® is for our patients whose tests, ongoing treatment or other medical procedures
could expose them to medical radiation. Your physician and members of
your care team want you to understand the possible benefits or risks involved
and the steps we are taking to ensure your safety.
Your physician can best explain benefits that might be gained by undergoing
a computed tomography (CT) scan or an interventional radiology procedure,
such as a balloon angioplasty, fluoroscopy (X-ray), ultrasound, magnetic
resonance imaging (MRI) or other type of procedure.
Studies have shown that in addition to benefits, there might also be risks
that should be considered by patients and those treating them. Some government
agencies and medical organizations have stressed the adoption of two guiding
principles of radiation protection for patients: appropriate justification
for ordering each procedure and careful optimization of the radiation
dose applied during each procedure.
® incorporates these baseline recommendations but adds additional steps,
including: adoption of education and competency standards for clinical
professionals, meeting and achieving nationally recognized certification
standards and adopting "As Low As Reason
ably Achievable" or ALARA dose protocols. Radiation Right
® also follows The Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging's
"Image Gently" protocol for pediatric patients.