Imaging Services a National Case Study for Maintaining CT Image Quality While Lowering Radiation Dose

Updated: 12/6/2013
Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo Imaging Services is featured in a case study published by the American College of Radiology (ACR), entitled “Imaging 3.0 Case Study: Striking a Balance”, as a medical center maintaining a high quality CT image while lowering radiation dose for CT pediatric patients by participating in the ACR Dose Index Registry® (DIR).

By utilizing the DIR, Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo has created a more focused method for achieving high-quality patient care while successfully managing the CT dose and thereby maintaining a balance between dose and image quality.

A Dose Reduction Committee at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo comprised of a lead CT technologist, radiation safety officer, quality radiologist, quality technologist, medical physicist, and manager of the department, was successful in lowering CT radiation dose for pediatric patients in specific age groups, while ensuring high image quality for radiologist interpretation. As a result, Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo can be benchmarked against other children’s hospitals in the country, which helps identify areas for further improvement.

The committee will now focus on another procedure identified in the most recent data and monitor the impact of ongoing dose reduction software upgrades on all the protocols.

This case study by the ACR identifies the areas in which Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo has succeeded.  To read this case study by the ACR, go online here:

http://www.acr.org/Advocacy/Economics-Health-Policy/Imaging-3/Case-Studies/Striking-a-Balance

The DIR is a data registry that allows facilities to compare their CT dose indices to regional and national values, including a subset of pediatric hospitals. Information related to dose indices for all CT exams is collected, anonymized, transmitted to the ACR and stored in a database.  Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo receives feedback reports comparing its results by body part and exam type to other hospitals.  Data collected from the registry is being used to establish reference levels for CT scans, which is a “hot topic” concerning patient safety.  Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo has been participating in this DIR since it was established in 2011.

Imaging Services for Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo is accredited by the ACR for Nuclear Medicine and CT and MRI, thereby representing the highest level of image quality and patient safety.

It is the only site in Western New York to provide pediatric anesthesia for MRI and CT patients along with providing a centralized PICC line service and interventional procedures.

Dedicated to providing safe and high quality imaging, Imaging Services offers diagnostic and interventional procedures for women and children with on-site, Board Certified radiologists and Board Certified pediatric anesthesiologists.

Additional information available: http://www.wchob.org/imaging