The National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements
(NCRP) is a valued partner to Image Wisely®
for radiation safety in medicine. The mission of the NCRP is to “to support radiation protection by providing independent scientific analysis, information and recommendations that represent the consensus of leading scientists.” The Council was established by an act of Congress in 1964 and the purpose of the council includes acting in the public interest for dissemination of information and recommendations.
There are many benefits of partnerships between the NCRP, Image Wisely and Image Gently®
given the shared objectives of public education and increased awareness. One such example occurred on May 5, 2015. Orchestrated through the ACR, members collectively representing the NCRP, ACR, Image Gently and Image Wisely (Shawn Farley, John Boice, Donald Frush, and James Brink) were invited to attend a meeting with leadership of Consumer Reports®
in Yonkers, NY, to discuss recent media reports of low-level radiation from diagnostic imaging and potential cancer risks. In attendance were Ellen Kampinsky, Editor-in-Chief of Consumer Reports, John Santa, MD, then current director of medical ratings, Doris Peter, MD, the subsequent director, Orly Avitzur, MD, a Consumer Reports medical adviser as well as several other Consumer Reports editorial staff.
In the ensuing discussion, a balanced presentation of the value of diagnostic imaging, what is currently known about radiation risk in diagnostic imaging, relevant resources for appropriate CT utilization, and appropriate risk communication was realized. The presence of expertise from the four organizations was formative in a consensus understanding of the issues related to medical radiation and public dissemination of this information. Moreover, an improved relationship was realized between these organizations in terms of networking for issues of public interest related to medical radiation. Both benefit and potential risk were addressed, entirely resonant with the long-recognized value of Consumer Reports
in empowering “...consumers with the knowledge they need to make better and more informed choices”.