Radiation protection and dose monitoring in medical imaging: A journey from awareness, through accountability, ability and action...but where will we arrive?

Donald Frush, Charles R. Denham, Marilyn J. Goske, James A. Brink, Richard L. Morin, Thalia T. Mills, Priscilla F. Butler, Cynthia H McCollough, Donald L. Miller

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Abstract

Radiation awareness and protection of patients have been the fundamental responsibilities in diagnostic imaging since the discovery of X-rays late in 1895 and the first reports of radiation injury in 1896. In the ensuing years, there have been significant advancements in equipment that uses either X-rays to form images, such as fluoroscopy or computed tomography (CT), or the types of radiation emitted during nuclear imaging procedures (e.g., positron emission tomography [PET]). These advancements have allowed detailed and indispensable evaluation of a vast array of disorders. In fact, in 2001, CT and MRI were cited by physicians as the most significant medical innovations in the previous 3 decades. Rapid technological advancements in the last decade with CT, especially, have required imaging professionals to keep pace with increasingly complex technology to derive the maximum benefits of improved image acquisition and display techniques, in essence, the improved quality of the examination. It has also been challenging to fulfill the fundamental responsibilities of safety during this period of rapid growth (e.g., radiation protection, management of the risk of additional interventions driven by incidental findings, performing studies that were not indicated). The purpose of this paper is to define critical issues pertinent to ensuring patient safety through the appropriate assessment, recording, monitoring, and reporting of the radiation dose from CT.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)232-238
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Patient Safety
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2013

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Radiation Protection
Aptitude
Social Responsibility
Diagnostic Imaging
Tomography
Radiation Monitoring
X-Rays
Radiation Injuries
Incidental Findings
Fluoroscopy
Risk Management
Patient Safety
Positron-Emission Tomography
Radiation
Technology
Physicians
Safety
Equipment and Supplies
Growth

Keywords

  • children
  • computedtomography
  • CT scan
  • image gently
  • radiation dose
  • radiation protection
  • radiation risk

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Radiation protection and dose monitoring in medical imaging : A journey from awareness, through accountability, ability and action...but where will we arrive? / Frush, Donald; Denham, Charles R.; Goske, Marilyn J.; Brink, James A.; Morin, Richard L.; Mills, Thalia T.; Butler, Priscilla F.; McCollough, Cynthia H; Miller, Donald L.

In: Journal of Patient Safety, Vol. 9, No. 4, 12.2013, p. 232-238.

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Frush, Donald ; Denham, Charles R. ; Goske, Marilyn J. ; Brink, James A. ; Morin, Richard L. ; Mills, Thalia T. ; Butler, Priscilla F. ; McCollough, Cynthia H ; Miller, Donald L. / Radiation protection and dose monitoring in medical imaging : A journey from awareness, through accountability, ability and action...but where will we arrive?. In: Journal of Patient Safety. 2013 ; Vol. 9, No. 4. pp. 232-238.
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