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ALARA - CT (As Low As Reasonably Achievable)

The Society for Pediatric Radiology

Joint Commission issues alert on medical radiation.

The U.S. Joint Commission recently issued an alert on the dangers of medical radiation. With this announcement imaging facilities will need to pay more attention to formalizing their procedures in an effort to protect patients from unnecessary radiation exposure.

The Society for Pediatric Radiology has a long-standing history of advocating responsible and safe imaging of children, adhering to the principles of ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) for radiation exposure during any imaging examination. The SPR is centrally involved in scientific and educational programs to promote improved safety and reduced radiation exposure for children undergoing CT scans. This program is a forum for discussion and sharing of knowledge for reducing radiation dose to children undergoing diagnostic medical imaging procedures, especially CT scans. This activity is now available on DVD and MP4 formats to fit your schedule and preparation preference.

If you participated in the live activity of an SPR program listed below, please note that you are not eligible to receive credit for the enduring (DVD/online) version of the activity. If there are questions regarding this, please contact the SPR Office at spr@acr.org.


 
CREDITS EARN UP TO 8.5 AMA PRA CATEGORY 1 CREDITS
CE RELEASE August 1, 2011
CE EXPIRE August 1, 2014
 
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Topics & Speakers


PROGRESS IN THE PAST DECADE
  • Where Were We Then, What Has Changed,
    What Has Not

    Thomas L. Slovis, MD
  • Image Gently in CT — Progress and Challenges
    in CT Education and Advocacy

    Marilyn J. Goske, MD
  • Educational Efforts for Technologists, Physicians
    and the Public

    Kimberly E. Applegate, MD, MS, FACR
  • Use/Overuse: Justification and Optimization of
    CT in Children: How are We Performing?

    Donald P. Frush, MD
PHYSICS AND CONCEPTS
  • CT and Development of a Patient Radiation
    Dose Index

    Keith J. Strauss, MSc
  • Estimation of Dose and Risk — CT Dose and Risk Estimates in Children
    Donald P. Frush, MD
  • CT Dose Reduction in Practice: What You
    Need to Know

    Michael J. Callahan, MD
  • Advances in CT Technology and Application to
    Pediatric Imaging

    Mahadevappa Mahesh, MS, PhD
CLINICAL CONUNDRUMS
  • Appropriate CT Imaging in Children — The ER Physician’s Perspective
    Charles G. Macias, MD, MPH
  • Optimizing Neuroradiologic Imaging While Minimizing Radiation Exposure
    Nancy K. Rollins, MD
  • Oncologic Imaging: Tumor Surveillance in Children
  • PET CT in Children: Where is it Appropriate?
    Sue C. Kaste, DO
POINT COUNTERPOINT
  • Sedation/Anesthesia for CT
    Charles G. Macias, MD, MPH and
    Thomas L. Slovis, MD
  • Recording CT Dose
    Kimberly E. Applegate, MD, MS, FACR and
    Karen Thomas, BM BCh, FRCR, FRCPC
  • Lowering Dose — How Low Can You Go?
    R. Paul Guillerman, MD and Nancy K. Rollins, MD
  • Controversial Dose Related Issues in Cardiac CT
    Beverley Newman, MD, FACR, and
    Shreyas S. Vasanawala, MD, PhD
ALTERNATIVE IMAGING
  • Newer CT Applications and Their Alternatives:
    What is Appropriate in Children

    R. Paul Guillerman, MD
  • Advances in Pediatric Body MR and PET/MR
    Shreyas S. Vasanawala, MD, PhD
  • Ultrasound First — Applications
    Beverley Newman, MD, FACR
  • Beyond the United States’ Borders
    Karen Thomas, BM BCh, FRCR, FRCPC
WRAP-UP
  • Getting it Right: Are Regulation and Registries for
    CT Radiation in Children the Answer?

    Marilyn J. Goske, MD
  • Educating ALARA for the Future:
    Patients, Parents and Medical Personnel

    Kimberly E. Applegate, MD, MS, FACR
  • The Role of CT in Professionalism: Accreditation,
    Certification and the Welfare of Our Children

    Donald P. Frush, MD
  • Research Collaboration in Pediatric CT
    Michael J. Callahan, MD and Beverley Newman, MD, FACR

 
 

Faculty


COURSE DIRECTORS

Beverley Newman, MD, FACR
Associate Chief of Pediatric Radiology
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
Associate Professor of Radiology
Stanford University
Palo Alto, California

Michael J. Callahan, MD
Chief, Division of Computed Tomography
Boston Children’s Hospital
Assistant Professor of Radiology
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts
FACULTY

Kimberley E. Applegate, MD, MS, FACR
Professor of Radiology
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia

Donald P. Frush, MD
Professor of Radiology and Pediatrics
Chief, Division of Pediatric Radiology
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, North Carolina

Marilyn J. Goske, MD
Silverman Chair for Radiology Education
Professor of Radiology
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, Ohio

R. Paul Guillerman, MD
Associate Professor of Radiology
Baylor College of Medicine
Department of Pediatric Radiology
Texas Children’s Hospital
Houston, Texas

Sue C. Kaste, DO
Member, Department of Radiological Sciences
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Full Professor, Department of Radiology
University of Tennessee
Memphis College of Medicine
Memphis, Tennessee

Charles G. Macias, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Pediatrics/Emergency Medicine
Director of the Center for Clinical Effectiveness
Baylor College of Medicine and
Texas Children’s Hospital
Houston, Texas

Mahadevappa Mahesh, MS, PhD
Associate Professor and Chief Physicist
Johns Hopkins Medical Center
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland

Nancy K. Rollins, MD
Chief of Service
Department of Radiology
Vice-Chairman for Imaging Services
Children’s Medical Center Dallas
Professor of Radiology and Pediatrics
University of Texas Southwestern
Medical Center at Dallas
Dallas, Texas

Thomas L. Slovis, MD
Children’s Hospital of Michigan
Professor of Radiology and Pediatrics
Wayne State University School of Medicine
Detroit, Michigan

Keith J. Strauss, MSc
Director, Radiology Physics and Engineering
Children’s Hospital Boston
Clinical Instructor
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts

Karen E. Thomas, BM BCh, FRCR, FRCPC
Staff Radiologist
Hospital for Sick Children
Assistant Professor of Radiology
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario Canada

Shreyas S. Vasanawala, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Radiology
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
Stanford University
Palo Alto, California


 
 

Objectives


After viewing this program, participants should be better able to:
  • Describe the important changes, advances and educational efforts in CT dose reduction over the past decade
  • Describe the fundamental concepts of CT physics, technologic advances in MDCT, as well as practical methods of CT dose reduction
  • Discuss controversial dose-related issues in pediatric CT imaging practice
  • Propose ideas and establish initiatives for cooperative planning for future educational, accreditation and research initiatives in pediatric CT imaging
 
 
 

Accreditation Statement


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American College of Radiology and The Society for Pediatric Radiology.

The American College of Radiology is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


 
 

Designation Statement


The American College of Radiology designates this enduring material for a maximum of 8.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Date of Original Release:  August 1, 2011
Date Credits Expire:  August 1, 2014

CME credit is obtained upon successful completion of an activity evaluation as well as payment of a $25 processing fee for non-SPR members. SPR members will receive credit with remittance of the evaluation as a benefit of membership.

SOCIETY FOR PEDIATRIC RADIOLOGY MEMBERS: Take 25% off the price of the program. Discount does not apply to shipping and handling charges. Please call 1-800-284-8433 to receive the discount.
 
 

Disclosure Statement


As a joint sponsor of these CME activities, The Society for Pediatric Radiology must ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in its program. Full disclosure of presenters is listed in the syllabus.