Back By Popular Demand: Low Dose CT Symposium Set for March 12, 2011

The Low Dose CT Symposium is a repeat session of the October 10, 2010 symposium which drew close to 150 people and was greatly received! It will be an excellent opportunity to gain understanding of the current thinking about how to lower dose in CT scanning without compromising the diagnostic power of CT. Radiologists, physicists, and senior technologists are combining their knowledge and experience in multiple 20-minute talks about Low Dose CT technique, covering all aspects of protocols, technique, and ordering appropriateness for use of CT.

The half-day symposium is taking place March 12, 2011, in Seattle at the University of Washington Health Sciences’ Turner Auditorium, D-209.  The symposium is available for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Registration is required to attend.

For more information on the event — and to register — please visit www.lowdosecteducation.com.

Here’s a guick look at the agenda:

8:00-8:30am Refreshments
8:30am Welcome William Shuman, MD, FACR
8:40am Why the Unexamined CT Can Be Very High Dose Kalpana Kanal, PhD
9:00am Low Dose CT Technique William Shuman, MD, FACR
9:20am Low Dose CT in the Abdomen: Practical Applications Carlos Cuevas, MD
9:40am Low Dose Techniques for Vascular CT Lee Mitusmori, MD
10:00am-10:20am Break
10:20am Low Dose CT: The Technologist’s Perspective Mario Ramos RT,CT
10:40am Low Dose Cardiac CT — Coronary Arteries, Whole Chest, and Beyond William Shuman, MD, FACR
11:00am Educating Patients about Radiation Janet Busey, MS
11:20am Low Dose CT in the Acute Care Setting Martin Gunn, MD
11:40am The Future of Low Dose CT Paul Kinahan, MD
12:00-12:30pm Questions and Panel Discussion
Adjourn

Hope to see you there!

Face Time with Patients Helps Increase Low Dose Understanding

A recent article in Health Imaging discusses a study that caught my eye. According to the study, the article noted, 80 to 90 percent of radiologists remain “invisible to their patients and approximately half of the public is unaware of whether radiologists are physicians or technicians.” In effect, the “commoditization of radiology is becoming a pressing concern to many practitioners.”

The authors of this study provide a good solution: “By offering an even higher level of personalized service through direct communication, radiologists can dispel this viewpoint by showing patients that they customize imaging examinations to fit each patient’s individual healthcare needs.”

I find this relates to my own experiences as a radiologist and, in a way, to the low dose movement. One way to lower the dose of CT is to not do inappropriate CT scans. How do you decide what is inappropriate?

This is where the radiologist (a physician) as a knowledgeable advisor (who consults with other physicians about imaging) comes in.

Face time with patients can help them understand this role. It can also help them understand that lower dose in their appropriate CT exams is possible without compromising the diagnostic power of the exam – again, achieved through a knowledgeable radiologist designing the CT exam and monitoring the conduct of executing the exam.

Low Dose CT Symposium Set for October 2

The Low Dose CT Symposium will be an excellent opportunity to gain understanding of the current thinking about how to lower dose in CT scanning without compromising the diagnostic power of CT. Radiologists, physicists, and senior technologists are combining their knowledge and experience in multiple 20-minute talks about Low Dose CT technique, covering all aspects of protocols, technique, and ordering appropriateness for use of CT.

The half-day symposium is taking place October 2, 2010, in Seattle at the University of Washington Health Sciences’ Turner Auditorium, D-209. Registration is required to attend. Attendance is free, but a $25/50 charge applies to those attendees requesting CME credit.

For more information on the event, please visit www.lowdosecteducation.com. Or to go directly to the registration page, please click here.

Note for attendees: We’ve already been approved for 3.5 AMA CME Category 1 credits for the activity; ASRT credits pending.

Here’s a guick look at the agenda:

8:00-8:30am Refreshments
8:30am Welcome William Shuman, MD, FACR
8:40am Why the Unexamined CT Can Be Very High Dose Kalpana Kanal, PhD
9:00am Low Dose CT Technique William Shuman, MD, FACR
9:20am Low Dose CT in the Abdomen: Practical Applications Carlos Cuevas, MD
9:40am Low Dose Techniques for Vascular CT Lee Mitusmori, MD
10:00am-10:20am Break
10:20am Low Dose CT: The Technologist’s Perspective Mario Ramos RT,CT
10:40am Low Dose Cardiac CT — Coronary Arteries, Whole Chest, and Beyond Kelley Branch, MD
11:00am Educating Patients about Radiation Janet Busey, MS
11:20am Low Dose CT in the Acute Care Setting Martin Gunn, MD
11:40am The Future of Low Dose CT Paul Kinahan, MD
12:00-12:30pm Questions and Panel Discussion
Adjourn

Hope to see you there!