Radiation Safety at Radiology Ltd.
We have been advocates of radiation safety long before the American College of Radiology (ACR) began its volunteer CT accreditation programs. Radiology Ltd. has instituted policies in our CT department that reduce patient exposure to the harmful radiation associated with X-ray imaging on average 40 percent, while maintaining an elite level of care.
By using simple but effective methods and by changing the way technologists and radiologists use standard radiation, we have made it our priority to lower the amount of radiation dose while maintaining the highest image quality
To limit the amount of radiation that patients and staff are exposed to during CT procedures, our imaging facilities made targeted alterations to the use of our CT equipment and revamped the radiation safety training program to increase awareness about radiation safety. All of our changes have been in accordance with recommendations by the ACR. In addition, our imaging equipment receives annual “check-ups” by a radiation physicist to ensure it is operating safely and our images earn the highest approval by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the ACR. Additionally, our technologists are trained to use the “As Low as Reasonably Achievable” (ALARA) imaging technique in radiation doses at all times.
Due to all of this, patients can be assured they are receiving the lowest possible exposure while maintaining the highest quality X-ray imaging.
Our radiologists use the ACR’s Appropriateness Criteria to determine that the most appropriate imaging examinations have been prescribed. Appropriate usage of examinations that do not require radiation (e.g. MRI or ultrasound examinations) prevents unnecessary patient radiation exposure.
- Our radiologists are actively involved in the ACR and the American Board of Radiology (ABR) so that we can monitor new trends for reducing radiation exposure and implement new standards and guidelines quickly when needed.
Radiology Ltd. is a member of national medical radiation safety campaigns that are working to lower the amount of radiation used in medically necessary imaging studies and eliminating unnecessary procedures.
- Our radiologists participate in the The Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging’s “Image Gently” campaign, an initiative to increase awareness of the opportunities to lower radiation doses in the imaging of children.
Radiology Ltd. also participates in “Image Wisely”, an initiative formed by The Joint Task Force on Adult Radiation Protection. Its purpose is to promote radiation safety in adult medical imaging information
Radiology Ltd. participates in rigorous quality assurance and patient safety programs, and takes several steps to ensure that our patients receive only the lowest amounts of radiation necessary to obtain high quality diagnostic imaging examinations. These steps include:
- All of our radiologists are certified by the ABR and have extensive training in techniques that minimize patient radiation exposure.
- Educational seminars are provided for our technologists including an annual Radiation Safety Program for all clinical and non-clinical staff.
- Regular site evaluations are conducted and a Safety Committee consisting of radiologists, technologists and site supervisors meets on a quarterly basis.
- Regular peer-reviews are held to evaluate past imaging cases to see how we can improve.
- We have been accredited by the ACR since 1995 for adult imaging and 2007 for pediatric imaging, when ACR accreditation became mandatory.
- Because the advanced imaging equipment at all of our facilities is accredited by the ACR, it means the equipment is regularly inspected and calibrated by medical imaging physicists to ensure that patient radiation exposure is appropriately limited.
- Our medical imaging technologists are certified and trained to monitor patient radiation exposure on equipment.
- The radiation exposure for each CT examination is adjusted based on the size of the individual patient. This allows us to minimize radiation exposure doses for children undergoing examinations.