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*the Butterfly Effect newsletter

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June 2015

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MITA @ RSNA 2014
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Alliance @ RSNA 2014
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MITA And Image Gently Release Joint Position Paper On Interventional X-Ray Equipment For Pediatric Patients!  
The position paper offers essential questions and insights for engineers and designers of interventional X-ray imaging technologies for pediatric patients (from neonate to 21 years of age) to consider when developing such equipment, with the ultimate goal of improving patient outcomes, enhancing image quality and managing radiation dose.

Read more (from MITA) and listen to the AXIS (formerly Imaging Economics) interview with Keith Strauss. here.   

Our Alliance now includes over 90 health care organizations from across the globe;  Representatives of approximately 50 of those Alliance Organizations attended the annual meeting held during RSNA 2014 to hear updates on the many on-going Campaign initiatives.  A highlight was Founding Chair, Dr. Marilyn Goske, being surprised by Dr. Donald Frush with the 2014 Butterfly Award. Read more here.
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Image Gently @ Pisa
IAEA Technical Meeting on Justification of Medical Exposure
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Alliance Steering Committee member, Dr. Kimberly Applegate delivered the lecture: "The Image Gently Campaign: Partnerships to Improve Radiation Protection of Children" at the March 2015 "La dose in Radiologia Pediatrica: una questione “pendente” conference in Pisa, Italy.  Read more here.                                               


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NIRS/WHO Tokyo: 11/2014
Osamu Miyazaki, MD spoke on "Image Gently, Five steps you can take to optimize image quality and lower CT dose for pediatric patients."


Campaign News 

  • Effective immediately, the Image Gently Campaign has named Medical Physicist, Keith Strauss, Vice Chair.
  • Dr. Michael Callahan, the original web editor for the Campaign at its launch in 2008, has rejoined the effort.  Dr. Callahan has conducted a web user survey and plans are in place for a re-boot of the Image Gently website this summer. 
  • Dr. Marilyn Goske's many contributions to imaging excellence and safely will be recognized when she is inducted as an AAPM Honorary member this summer. Read more here.
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Meeting held March 9-11, 2015, in Vienna, Austria. In addition to the publication of the International Basic Safety Standards (BSS) on Radiation Protection and Safety of Radiation Resources (co-sponsored by the EC, FAO, IAEA, ILO, OECD/NEA, PAHO, UNEP, WHO) and the ongoing publication of a Safety Guide on Radiation Protection and Safety in Medical Uses of Ionizing Radiation (co-sponsored by WHO, PAHO and ILO), one major milestone of the activities of the IAEA in the field of medical radiation protection was the "Bonn Call for Action."*  Issued in December 2012, ten fields of action were identified; one of the most important is justification of examinations. Read more here.                                   
  


Planmeca Represents IG!

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Thanks to Planmeca USA for showing their support for the Campaign by wearing Image Gently pins during the 150th Chicago Midwinter Dental Meeting.  Planmeca representatives educated oral health practitioners on ALARA imaging principles and ways to reduce radiation exposure in the dental office.

 


2015 Int'l Day of Radiology celebrates Pediatric Imaging 

IDOR_2015_Poster_A6_am_300dpi_RGB_sml 3To download International Day posters visit the Image Gently website. For details on ways to raise awareness this year visit the Int'l Day  website. 

Learn more....

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The mission of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Image Imaging (the Image Gently Alliance) is to improve the safety and effectiveness of the imaging care of children worldwide. This is achieved through increased awareness, education and advocacy on the need for the appropriate examination and amount of radiation dose when imaging children.
The ultimate goal of the Alliance is to change practice locally to improve the health and safety of the child.
 
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 * Dictionary.com defines the "butterfly effect" as “a cumulatively large effect that a very small natural force may produce over a period of time.”   Image Gently's newsletter, "Butterfly Effect" offers information to continuously update your practice to improve radiation protection for children. What began as a small initiative has grown to have an enormous impact, thanks to YOU and the work of the Alliance organizations.    
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