In the News
On January 31, 2014 the New York Times published an op-ed piece entitled "Are we giving ourselves cancer?" by Drs. Rita Redburg and Rebecca Smith Bindman. Please see the response from the Image Gently Steering committee below:
To the editor:
The Jan. 30 op-ed "We Are Giving Ourselves Cancer" presents an unbalanced view that CT scans are doing more harm than good — unnecessarily alarming parents of children who need CT scans. While the authors raise some legitimate issues, they offer no constructive suggestions and minimize existing safety efforts. The Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging, via the Image Gently campaign (www.imagegently.org), has adopted a responsible and balanced approach to managing medical imaging dose. Seventy-eight medical and dental societies and agencies worldwide have joined the Alliance, pledging to use the lowest effective radiation dose, to ensure that imaging procedures are necessary and appropriate, to raise awareness, to educate the public and to advocate for child safety in imaging. CT scans save lives every day. Far greater risk is posed to patients from avoiding a necessary exam than that from the scan itself. We strongly urge parents to discuss with their doctor any imaging exam prescribed, but not to forego necessary exams due to the sensationalistic opinions expressed by the authors of the op-ed.
on behalf of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging:
|Marilyn J. Goske, MD, Chair, Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging
Professor of Radiology and Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Office: 513 6365240 - Email: email@example.com
|Kimberly E. Applegate, MD, Professor of Radiology and Pediatrics
Director of Practice Quality Improvement - Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences
Emory University School of Medicine
Image Gently Responds to article in Lancet
The leaders of the Alliance would like to help answer any questions that you may have. If you have additional questions or concerns after reviewing the Image Gently website and the letter below, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please click here to access related articles release in response to the Lancet article:
AAPM Task Group Releases Dose Report
The AAPM Task group 204 document that now provides an estimate of patient dose within 10 - 20 percent for body CT by patient body habitus. Click here to read Size Specific Dose Estimates (SSDE) in Pediatric and Adult Body CT Examinations.
IAEA: Use of social media to achieve interaction with the public on medical radiation protection
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) hosted a video Q & A to provide parents answers to their radiation questions. Access the video here.
Diagnostic Imaging promotes Image Gently
Physicist Keith Strauss was interviewed by Diagnostic Imaging to discuss the monitoring of CT doses at adult focused facilities. The article refers readers to the Image Gently website for more informaiton. Click here for the article written by Deborah Abrams Kaplan.
Imaging Gently: A Call for Awareness
Please read Dr. Sue Kaste's article "Imaging Gently: A Call for Awareness" that in the Journal of the American Ostepopatic Association in March 2012. You may view this article in a full text version or a pdf version.
Choose Wisely is a new initiative of the ABIM foundation and the American College of Radiology - Five things physicians and patients should question. Click on the logo here to find out more...
CT Scans: Balancing Health Risks and Medical Benefits
Dr. Marilyn Goske, Chair for the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging is quoted in this Environmental Health Perspectives article, March 2012.
The Seesaw Effect
From Health Imaging, February 17, 2012 - Study: The seesaw effect - Pediatric CT dips; Ultrasound nudges up. This article disusses the relation of a decrease in CT to an increase in Ultrasound due to education. Please click here to read the article.
Radiation is an Essential Part of Our Life
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has written this article to provide the public with information with regard to radiation. Please click here to read the article
TJC Sentinel Event Alert
The Joint Commission has issued a Sentinel Event Alert on the radiation risks of diagnostic imaging. The Image Gently website was designed to include protocols and training modules to assist health care professionals to reduce radiation dose and risk to pediatric patients. Download The Joint Commission document that details their requirements and use our website to learn ways to comply with them.
Radiation Research Podcast
December 2011: Image Gently an initiative of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging. The December edition of the Radiation Research Podcast features Dr. Marilyn Goske, Chair of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging. This podcast is an interview of Dr. Goske describing the Image Gently campaign. Please click here to listen to her interview.
IMAGE GENTLY Is the Overuse of CT Scans in the ED Harming Our Children?
Dr. Karen Frush writes this informative article to help us "Learn what efforts are being made to make sure that the exams are necessary and safe". Please access her article in Contemporary Pediatrics here.
Kids' CT Scan Risk
An article appeared on the USA Today website quoting Dr. Marta Hernanz Schulman. Dr. Hernanz-Schulman is a leader in Pediatric Radiology and is a member of the Image Gently Steering Committee. Click here to access the article.
AAPM releases CT Terminology Lexicon
The American Association of Physicists in Medicine has released a CT Terminology Lexicon. This provides CT acquisition and reconstruction terms between different manufacturer's systems. Please use the following link to access this remarkable tool.Access the CT Terminology Lexicon