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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

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

This educational activity is free.

Learning 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

The American College of Radiology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American College of Radiology designates this online activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American College of Radiology (ACR) is approved by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) as a Recognized Continuing Education Evaluation Mechanism (RCEEM) to sponsor and/or review Continuing Education programs for Radiologic Technologists and Radiation Therapists.

The American College of Radiology designates this educational activity as meeting the criteria for up to 1.0 Category A Credit hour(s) of the ARRT.

This Image Wisely Radiation Safety Case has been approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs, Inc. (CAMPEP) for 1.0 MPCEC continuing education credit hours.

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. In order to successfully complete the activity, participants must complete an activity evaluation and claim credit commensurate with their participation in the activity. For information about the accreditation of this program, please contact the ACR at imagewisely@acr.org.

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