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Case 10 (special edition): Child-sizing CT Dose: Optimizing Patient Care Through Quality Improvement – Pediatric and Adult Imaging

Developed by Image Gently® and designed to provide practical explanations of some of the newer technologies and terminology in CT scans, this case reviews quality improvement as it relates to the performance of CT imaging. It discusses radiation risk and the relationship of image quality to patient dose.

Authors: K. Strauss; M. Goske

Audience: Radiologists, imaging technologists and medical physicists interpreting, performing and evaluating CT

This educational activity is free.

Objectives
Upon completion of this case, the participant will be able to:

  1. Optimize the radiation dose in order to produce the best image quality with the least radiation exposure in pediatric and adult patients
  2. Apply the current techniques of dose estimation and utilize these "best practices" to achieve radiation dose reduction during pediatric and adult CT exams
  3. Advocate for quality improvement in your organization and share your expertise to educate health care teams on the positive societal outcomes from lifelong learning and practice improvement

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CE Credit Information
Image Wisely Radiation Safety Cases have been approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs, Inc. (CAMPEP) for MPCEC, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) for Cat. 1 CME, and by American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) for Cat. A CE. Case 10 (Child-sizing CT Dose) is 1.0 credit hours; all other cases are 0.5 credit hours. All Image Wisely Radiation Safety Cases are designated SA-CME by the American Board of Radiology (ABR) and qualify toward fulfilling requirements for Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part II: Lifelong Learning and Self-assessment for physicians and medical physicists.

There is no charge to participate in this educational activity. For CE credit tracking and reporting, you will be redirected to the ACR website to log in or register and add the free module to your shopping cart for $0. Step-by-step instructions on accessing the case are available here.

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