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Case 11: Image Wisely During CT-guided Procedures in Pregnant Patients

Appropriate imaging and management of pregnant patients with acute appendicitis is critical to decrease the risks to the mother and fetus. This case discusses how to decrease patient and fetal dose while safely performing a procedure by applying several dose reduction methods.

Authors: C. Lim; E. Gingold; W. Mayo-Smith

Audience: Radiologists, radiologic technologists and medical physicists

This educational activity is free.

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

  1. Describe the appropriate imaging modalities used in the assessment of pregnant patients with suspected acute appendicitis
  2. Describe the different CT parameters affecting radiation dose in CT-guided procedures
  3. Demonstrate different techniques at dose reduction when performing CT-guided procedures on pregnant patients

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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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