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Introduction

ACRIN has established a Radiation Safety Working Group which comprises patient advocates, radiologists, medical physicists, research associates, and representatives from the ACRIN imaging core laboratory. The goal of the working group is to provide information and resources about radiation exposure specific to ACRIN clinical trials which focus on imaging for screening, diagnostic and treatment monitoring.

ACRIN Radiation Safety Working Group Members [DOC]


Resources and Links

This page includes and will be updated with resources and tools which may be helpful for patients, physicians, and other individuals who are interested in learning more about the benefits and risks associated with radiation exposure in ACRIN clinical trials. Resources on this page include general information about radiation safety and are not cancer-specific.

In addition to exploring the patient resources provided below, patients are invited to also navigate the resources developed for physicians for more technical information. Materials are organized into the following categories:

For Patients and the General Public
For Physicians, Technologists and Research Associates
Radiation Safety Publications
Radiation Safety in the News



For Patients and the General Public
www.RadiologyInfo.org
is considered one of the most comprehensive patient resources for radiology information. This website contains information on over 100 radiologic procedures and is updated regularly with new information.

Radiation in X-ray and CT Examinations [Link]
Patients can learn how X-rays work, how radiation dose is measured and the effects of radiation over a lifetime.

Printable Patient Medical Imaging History Card [Link]
The Patient Medical Imaging History Card helps patients organize dates and types of imaging exams they undergo. This card is printable, in standard or wallet size, and includes examples of questions which patients should ask their doctor before undergoing an imaging exam.


For Physicians, Technologists and Research Associates

www.ImageWisely.org 
Image WiselyTM is a radiation safety program which encourages practitioners to use the lowest optimal radiation dose for necessary studies. 

Pledge to Image Wisely [Link]
Practicioners are encouraged to take the pledge to image wisely for the health and safety of their patients.

For Imaging Physicians [Link]
Includes information about ionizing radiation in medicine, CT accreditation, and protocol design.

For Medical Physicists [Link]
Includes information on appropriateness criteria, image reconstruction techniques, and communication of radiation risks.

For Radiologic Technologists [Link]
Includes information on patient safety, CT equipment, exam protocols, dose optimization and training courses.

Duke University Radiation Safety Committee
Duke University maintains a website which includes a combination of reference doses and Duke-specific data, dose equivalents in easy-to-read language, and examples of language about radiation safety to use in the development of patient consent materials.

 Duke University Radiation Safety Committee [Link]

Note: If this website is accessed outside of the Duke Health System network, the first page will ask the user to read, print and submit a "Permission" form.  To bypass this step, click the "Continue" button.  


Radiation Safety Publications

Content to be posted.


Radiation Safety in the News

            December 13, 2010--The Dr. Oz Show

            ACRIN investigator and RSNA Public Information Committee Chair, Mary Mahoney, MD (Univ. of Cincinnati),
            appeared as a guest on the Dr. Oz show to discuss radiation exposure. Dr. Mahoney addresses the 
            importance of preventive medical imaging exams and Dr. Oz advises patients about the five 
            questions they should ask their physician before undergoing a medical imaging exam. 

            "The Dangers of Radiation Safety"--Parts 1 - 4

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