Radiologists and their support staff , in collaboration with a radiation physicist, at imaging facilities are required to continually monitor, record and review radiation doses received by the patients and staff performing the radiology service. The purpose of radiation dose monitoring is to ensure that the lowest achievable radiation dose is received by the patient and performing staff without compromising imaging quality necessary to accurately diagnose the patient. It has been established through medical research that radiation received during medical imaging exams and during diagnostic and therapeutic interventional procedures can have detrimental health implications in large enough doses.

Dose reduction techniques utilized at our imaging facilities are frequently reviewed to ensure that our patients receive radiations doses below the national standard allowable dose for a particular exam. It is mandatory that all imaging exams and interventional procedures using ionizing radiation to create images contain a listing of the total radiation utilized and the calculated radiation dose absorbed by the patient during the exam. These data are recorded and are part of a patient’s permanent medical record. As a result, a cumulative lifetime radiation dose for a patient could be calculated.

We comply with established regulatory guidelines for safely imaging adults, Image Wisely® (www.imagewisely.org/), and for safely imaging pediatric patients, Image Gently® (www.imagegently.org/).

  • RadiologyInfo.org is an excellent online resource for patients and physicians providing more detailed information specific to radiation safety, please visit the RadiologyInfo Patient Safety section for more information.
  • The American College of Radiology is an excellent online resource for physicians providing detailed information specific to radiation safety, please visit ACR Radiation Safety section for more information.