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Utilizing two dose-reduction strategies during lung biopsies has a long-term effect on lowering patient dose, according to a University of California San Fransisco studyThe last decade in radiology has seen a shift away from high-power imaging to strategies attempting to curb patient dose such as the Image Gently campaign. CT biopsies in particular can result in high doses by virtue of repeated imaging during their three-step process, presenting a clear opportunity for dose-reduction.

Maintaining a rigorous log of patient gadolinium dosage should be a priority for radiology departments and imaging centers, according to Hans-Klaus Goischke, Dr. med.

It is a question that continues to inspire contentious debate within radiology and the greater medical profession: How harmful is imaging-related radiation exposure?

The reasons for gadolinium accumulation—and the potential negative consequences for patients—are still largely unknown, due in part to limited existing clinical data regarding the mechanisms of gadolinium toxicity, according to a research review recently published in the journal Biometals.

 

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Protocol makes low-dose lung biopsies a reality

Utilizing two dose-reduction strategies during lung biopsies has a long-term effect on lowering patient dose, according to a University of California San Fransisco studyThe last decade in radiology has seen a shift away from high-power imaging to strategies attempting to curb patient dose such as the Image Gently campaign. CT biopsies in particular can result in high doses by virtue of repeated imaging during their three-step process, presenting a clear opportunity for dose-reduction.

Improve gadolinium dose tracking—your patients may depend on it

Maintaining a rigorous log of patient gadolinium dosage should be a priority for radiology departments and imaging centers, according to Hans-Klaus Goischke, Dr. med.

FDA approves Bayer's Gadavist injection for MRA of supra-aortic arteries

Bayer announced this week that the FDA has approved its Gadavist (gadobutrol) injection for use with MR angiography for evaluating supra-aortic or renal artery disease. 

Real-time CT dose monitoring reduces errors, improves technologist awareness

When Triemli Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland, decided to install dose management software for its CT scanners, researchers wanted to find out just how effective the software could be at reducing elevated dosage notifications and raising technologist awareness through real-time monitoring.

How dangerous is radiation from medical imaging?

It is a question that continues to inspire contentious debate within radiology and the greater medical profession: How harmful is imaging-related radiation exposure?

Research review: What we know so far about gadolinium contrast toxicity

The reasons for gadolinium accumulation—and the potential negative consequences for patients—are still largely unknown, due in part to limited existing clinical data regarding the mechanisms of gadolinium toxicity, according to a research review recently published in the journal Biometals.

Hospital looks within to solve problem of retained surgical items

When doctors at the University of Colorado Hospital noticed an alarming increase in instances of retained surgical items (RSIs) at their high-volume surgical center, they knew they had to investigate and rectify the problem immediately.

Weekly cCTA dose reports eliminate high-dose outliers

Weekly e-mailed dose reports for cardiac CT angiography (cCTA) prodded high-dose outliers among imaging staff to refine their protocols and ultimately reduced total average radiation dose, according to a study published in the August issue of Academic Radiology.

SEC charges Imaging3 + CEO with fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged Imaging3 and its founder and CEO Dean Janes with fraud. According to a June 25 release issued by the SEC, Janes made misleading statements regarding the FDA’s view of its imaging device during a November 2010 conference call.

What is my role in radiation safety?

As a healthcare professional who works in medical imaging, you most likely work with equipment that produces ionizing radiation. You and your team are responsible for following as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA) principles and balancing the right dose for the right patient to provide optimal care. As a result, radiation protection is a vitally important part of your job.