New Image Wisely Radiation Safety Case Available: Patient Skin Dose with Interventional Fluoroscopy: Metrics, C-Arm Geometry and Spectral Filtration

July 15, 2015—The seventh Image Wisely® Radiation Safety Case — Patient Skin Dose with Interventional Fluoroscopy: Metrics, C-Arm Geometry and Spectral Filtration — is now available to help radiologists, imaging technologists and medical physicists to assess their understanding of important radiation safety concepts — including dose monitoring and optimization. This is the newest in this series of free, online and mobile-compatible Image Wisely educational offerings, developed with the assistance of the American College of Radiology (ACR).

“Fluoroscopy is a rapidly growing radiology service with more non-invasive procedures being developed and an aging population bringing more patients to the fluoroscopically guided interventional (FGI) suite,” said William Pavlicek, PhD, of Mayo Clinic - Scottsdale who co-authored the case along with Gene R. Paden, MS, Thomas Boltz, PhD, and James A. Hanson, BS, also of Mayo Clinic. “This case reviews the quality assurance (QA) metrics, machine and operator selectable controls that are helpful in controlling the skin exposure.”

Several radiation safety cases are presented throughout the year. Case content includes embedded questions that provide expert feedback as well as references and resources for further study. Continuing education credit for radiologists, imaging technologists and medical physicists is available. This case is directed primarily toward physicians, residents, and interventional technologists.

“Interventional radiology is a valuable medical resource, and attention to the appropriate use of radiation during interventional procedures is paramount to patient safety,” said Donald Peck, PhD, director of the Image Wisely Radiation Safety Case series and member of the Image Wisely Executive Committee. “Imaging professionals are encouraged to complete these free radiation safety cases to reinforce their knowledge on these important topics.”

The seventh case, Patient Skin Dose with Interventional Fluoroscopy: Metrics, C-Arm Geometry and Spectral Filtration, offers a total of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™; 0.5 MPCEC credits by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs, Inc.; and 0.5 Category A credits of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Image Wisely is an initiative of the ACR, the Radiological Society of North America, the American Association of Physicists in Medicine and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists with the objective of lowering the amount of radiation used in medically necessary imaging studies and eliminating unnecessary procedures. Image Wisely offers resources and information to radiologists, medical physicists, other imaging practitioners and patients.