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ALARA – CT (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) 2014 (Videos)


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ALARA - CT (As Low As Reasonably Achievable)

The Society for Pediatric Radiology

The Society for Pediatric Radiology has a long-standing history of advocating responsible and safe imaging of children, adhering to the principles of ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) for radiation exposure during any imaging examination. The SPR is centrally involved in scientific and educational programs to promote improved safety and reduced radiation exposure for children undergoing CT scans. This program is a forum for discussion and sharing of knowledge for reducing radiation dose to children undergoing diagnostic medical imaging procedures, especially CT scans.

Intended Audience

The target audience for this program includes pediatric radiologists, general radiologists, medical imaging physicists and CT technologists at both pediatric and adult facilities.

Topics & Speakers

  • Why and When to Use CT in Children:
    Radiologist’s Perspective
    Donald P. Frush, MD
  • Why and When to Use CT in Children:
    Pediatric Emergency Medicine
    Physician’s Perspective
    Karen S. Frush, MD
  • Should Risk from Medical Imaging
    Be Assessed in the Absence of Benefit
    and Vice Versa?
    Louis K. Wagner, PhD
  • Clinical Decision Making Tools/Order Entry
    James A. Brink, MD
  • Question and Answer
  • Overview of CT Technologies for Children
    Donald P. Frush, MD
  • Management of Automatic Exposure Control
    (AEC) During Pediatric Imaging
    Dianna D. Cody, PhD
  • Iterative Reconstruction: How it Works,
    How to Apply
    J. Anthony Seibert, PhD
  • Standardized Nomenclature and CT Protocols:
    Better, But Not There Yet
    Sarabjeet Singh, MD, MMST
  • Question and Answer
  • From Image Gently to Image Intelligently:
    A Personalized Perspective on
    Diagnostic Radiation Risk
    R. Paul Guillerman, MD
  • Dose Indices-Everybody Wants a
    Number (CTDI, DLP, SSDE-
    Sample Calculations, E dose)
    Keith J. Strauss, MSc
  • Organ Dose Determination – The Holy Grail
    Ehsan Samei, PhD
  • Stochastic, Deterministic,
    Cumulative Dose (Is There Such a
    Thing as Cumulative Dose?)
    Richard L. Morin, PhD
  • If It is Printed in the Peer Reviewed
    Literature It Must Be True?
    Louis K. Wagner, PhD
  • Global View on Radiation
    Protection of Children
    Madan M. Rehani, PhD
  • Question and Answer
  • CT Protocols for Specific Scanners:
    Two Approaches to the Same Challenge –
    Developing Scanner Specific Dose Protocols
    for all Exams/Patients
    Dianna D. Cody, PhD
  • CT Protocols for Specific Scanners:
    Two Approaches to the Same Challenge –
    Developing a Patient Specific Dose Protocol
    for any CT Scanner/Exam
    Keith J. Strauss, MSc
  • Boots on the Ground - How to Influence
    Your Local Radiology Departments to
    Use Appropriate CT Dose
    Thomas L. Slovis, MD
  • Pros and Cons of Organ Shielding
    During Pediatric CT
    Ehsan Samei, PhD
  • Optimizing CT Dose Based on Patient Size
    and Image Quality: What We Need
    David B. Larson, MD, MBA
  • Individual Dose Tracking
    James A. Brink, MD
  • Dose Index Registry: What it is and
    How Accurate are the Numbers?
    Richard L. Morin, PhD
  • Question and Answer
  • Diagnostic Reference Ranges and DIR-
    The Pediatric Experience
    Marilyn J. Goske, MD
  • CT Imaging in a Large Part of the World:
    What We Know and What We Can Learn
    Madan M. Rehani, PhD
  • Quality Improvement in Chest CT Angiography:
    What I Have Learned
    Sjirk J. Westra, MD
  • A Practical Approach to Quality
    Improvement in Pediatric CT
    David B. Larson, MD, MBA
  • Question and Answer
  • Resources for Educating Radiologists,
    Technologists and Parents About CT
    Marilyn J. Goske, MD
  • What I Say to Parents About CT Scans
    Karen S. Frush, MD
  • Risk Communication in the Era of
    Individualized Medicine
    Sjirk J. Westra, MD
  • State of CT Education - Gaps in Knowledge/Certification for Technologists
    Greg Morrison, MA, RT(R), CNMT, CAE
  • California Experience – Policy and Regulation
    J. Anthony Seibert, PhD
  • Question and Answer

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:
  • Evaluate progress that has been made in radiation protection for children
  • Recognize the evidence regarding dose and risk estimates
  • Describe CT dose estimates and their significance in children
  • Discuss automated strategies to optimize CT for children
  • Describe an approach to developing protocols for facilities
  • Prepare participants to competently manage radiation dose in pediatric patients



This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American College of Radiology and The Society for Pediatric Radiology. The American College of Radiology is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 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.

Date of Original Release: May 1, 2014

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