In a first for our smallest patients, the Image Gently Alliance joined forces with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), AANS/CNS Joint Section on Pediatric Neurosurgery and allied medical organizations to improve the use of head computed tomography (CT) scans in children with minor head injuries.
By working together with emergency care physicians, technologists, medical physicists and others, radiologists can make a change in our practices to benefit our patients.
Our collaboration launched the new “Think A-Head” campaign with tools and resources to aid
- Referring doctors—to ensure ordering patterns comply with latest evidence-based medical guidelines and explain to parents/caregivers why an imaging scan is (or is not) necessary to gain proper diagnosis
- Parents—to ask questions to better inform decision making if their child is prescribed a head CT scan
- You, as medical imagers—to use appropriate exam radiation dose
As radiologists, we’re concentrating on delivering high-quality value-based medical care in new payment and delivery systems, focusing on achieving optimal outcomes at the lowest cost that are patient-centered. Think A-Head delivers on the promise that radiology is both image centric and patient centric.
These are the questions I hope that you are asking—all to provide safe, high-quality imaging care.
- Are you changing your practice by raising awareness of opportunities to lower radiation dose in imaging of children?
- How have you added real value to the patient-care process?
- Are you adjusting radiation dose when imaging children?
- Are you scanning only when necessary?
- Are you working with a team—involving medical physicists to review pediatric CT techniques and technologists to optimize scanning?
If you haven’t yet, please join the Think A-Head campaign and follow our guidelines and add our informational poster at your hospital/practice. Get the latest research and educational materials to help you on the Image Gently Alliance website. Visit the Image Gently site and pledge to do your part to image gently.
Please note that Image Gently also offers a new website for parents about pediatric imaging (including resources and frequently asked questions). Follow the campaign on social media with #ThinkAhead4Kids.
How are you changing your practice to provide safe, high-quality imaging care?
How are you imaging gently?
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