Reducing radiation doses in children: Image Gently, Wisely campaigns ensure right exams at right times
By The Pulse Sep 3, 2014
Submitted by Casper Medical Imaging & Outpatient Radiology
It is obvious that adults and children are not exactly alike. From the things we do, to the size of clothes we wear, we are different. So it should come as no surprise, that this is also true when it comes to things that are important to our health - like medical imaging scans.
"Children are more sensitive to radiation, and the amount of radiation they are exposed to when they are young may last a lifetime. Casper Medical Imaging and Outpatient Radiology recognize this, and we have gone to great lengths to help reduce radiation exposure for both our pediatric and our adult patients," says Dr. Eric Cubin, Interventional Radiologist at Casper Medical Imaging.
While many efforts are ongoing to reduce radiation doses from medical imaging studies, the radiologists at Casper Medical Imaging and staff at Outpatient Radiology believe that each person involved with exams, from the physician ordering the exam to the technologist performing it, must do their part to assure that the exam is necessary and the amount of radiation used is as small as possible.
Casper Medical Imaging and Outpatient Radiology participate in both the Image Gently and Image Wisely campaigns, which are national programs to help providers minimize radiation exposure and to help ensure that patients get the right exam, at the right time, for the right reasons. There are thousands of healthcare professional enrolled in these programs.
Outpatient Radiology also participates with the American College of Radiology Dose Index Registry (ACR-DIR), a national database of actual radiation dose delivered at the time of a scan. These data points allow the radiologists and staff to compare their techniques to other registry participants, and ensure the actual radiation dose delivered for a scan is on par with other imaging centers around the United States. Most registry participants are in metropolitan and academic centers; Outpatient Radiology is the only center in a five state region of the upper Rocky Mountain West. In April 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recognized ACR-DIR as a national quality measure for CT scan providers.
Dr. Cubin adds, "Participation in ACR-DIR takes us a step beyond the pledges which are central to the Image Gently and Image Wisely campaigns. Using the registry allows us to compare actual outcomes from a national database, and adjust our techniques accordingly."
Dr. Cubin,is a general and interventional radiologist. He is a Casper native and is excited to practice medicine in his home town. He loves playing in Wyoming's outdoors including bow hunting, fishing, backpacking and competitive shooting.Casper Medical Imagining and and Outpatient Radiology, 419 S. Washington St. Suite 101, is Casper’s only local radiology team. Call (307) 232-5025.