It’s Time to Image Wisely®
The modern radiologist must be mindful of the public perception of medical imaging. Radiation exposure in healthcare and industrial accidents is seldom far from the news, particularly as utilization of CT increases. We must strive to optimize care for our patients by assuring that the best test is performed for screening, diagnosis, or surveillance. Remaining informed of the risks and benefits of medical imaging as well as best practices is essential to appropriately educate referring practitioners and patients.
Image Wisely® grew out of a joint task force focused on addressing concerns about the increased exposure of the public to ionizing radiation in medical imaging. The ACR and RSNA, in collaboration with the American Association of Physicists in Medicine and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists are the participating organizations.
Part of the work of Image Wisely is to support radiologists, technologists, and medical physicists in, when permissible, reducing radiation exposure. This is done in a number of ways, including highlighting advances in low-dose techniques or alternate imaging modalities, optimizing current imaging practices, and publishing radiation safety cases.
These radiation safety cases are an excellent opportunity to highlight some of the efforts at your organization to reduce radiation dose to patients. Added benefits include fulfilling the “quality improvement” project requirement for graduation from residency, enjoying another venue to exhibit your research, and increasing your institution’s recognition on the global stage.
Are you interested in submitting a case (examples available here)? The process is as follows:
• Create a presentation using the template available here. Include figures/tables/images in a separate PowerPoint file. Included in the presentation should be a total of 15 multiple choice questions, 10 of which will be used as a post-test to obtain CME.
Make sure to also send it to your program director for your quality improvement project. He or she may want it presented internally.
What then? Revel in having completed yet another step towards graduation! Share your case on social media and know that you're reaching an international audience and helping to advance patient safety worldwide.
Thomas Reher, MD, is a radiology resident at Indiana University School of Medicine.