Evaluating an Image Gently and Image Wisely Campaign in a Multihospital Health Care System

Kevin Fernandes, Terry L. Levin, Todd S. Miller, Alan H. Schoenfeld, E. Stephen Amis

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Abstract

Purpose The efficacy of an Image Gently®/Image Wisely® radiology departmental campaign consisting of the optimization of CT protocols to reduce dose while maintaining quality, and an educational effort to alter the ordering patterns of referring physicians at a multihospital academic center, was evaluated. Methods The numbers of CT, MR, and ultrasound studies performed at inpatient, outpatient, and emergency facilities in the hospital system before and after the initiation of the departmental campaign (2010) were obtained for a 10-year period (2004-2014) using a radiology information system. For the same time period, dose per scan (volumetric CT dose index) was obtained through the Dose Index Registry®/National Radiology Data Registry for frequently performed studies. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze temporal trends in radiation dose and utilization across differing age groups: <20, 20 to 39, and 40 to 59 years. Results The radiology information system yielded 865,879 imaging examinations and 4,508,030 patients. Although patient and imaging volume grew annually over the study period (by 6.8% and 4.9%, respectively), CT utilization as a percentage of total imaging decreased, compensated for by an increase in ultrasound use. This was most marked in the youngest age group. MR use as a percentage of total imaging was unchanged. The median volumetric CT dose index for each study protocol was reduced or stabilized. Conclusions The campaign resulted in a reduction in CT utilization, a reduction in radiation dose per study, and a compensatory rise in ultrasound use. An interactive aggressive educational campaign directed toward referring providers combined with protocol dose reduction efforts can be successful in reducing patient exposure from medical radiation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1010-1017
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American College of Radiology
Volume13
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2016

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Keywords

  • computed tomography
  • dose
  • Image Gently
  • Image Wisely
  • Medical radiation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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