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the Butterfly Effect*              February  2016
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A Moment to Reflect on Image Gently
and how We are Making a World of Difference
At its core, Image Gently (IG) is an assurance organization. It advocates careful consideration of the patient's clinical needs prior to selecting an appropriate imaging procedure (justification). When an imaging procedure involving x-rays is selected, the ultimate goal is to create good quality images or imaging guidance while properly managing the radiation dose to the patient. This is best achieved when appropriately trained staff members operate properly configured imaging equipment to address the unique requirements of pediatric imaging.
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Consumer Reports: “The Value of an Alliance
The National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) are valued Image Gently® Alliance members. The ACR was a founding organization and the NCRP was one of the earliest Alliance members. Both organizations have a strong commitment to public information and welfare. The mission of the NCRP is to “To support radiation protection by providing independent scientific analysis, information, and recommendations that represent the consensus of leading scientist” http://ncrponline.org/. The NCRP began in 1929 as the U.S. Advisory Committee on X-Ray and Radium Protection and was later established by an act of Congress in 1964. 
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Website Update
For the past year, Image Gently leaders have conducted a careful review of the Image Gently website, with a goal of ensuring we are providing the most needed information to our audiences in the most user-friendly and appealing way, the website will be revamped in the coming weeks.
Last Spring a brief input survey was sent to more than 100 individuals that included pledgers, parents, pediatric radiologists and other alliance contacts. We are happy to report that the majority of the feedback was positive but we also learned ways we can improve.

There have been millions of web views since the site’s inception, so keeping our community informed and up-to-date is our priority. Stay tuned!

 
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RSNA Updates and Highlights
“Have you taken the Image Gently pledge?” this was the phrase that greeted the many booth visitors as we exhibited at the 2015 RSNA Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting held in Chicago on November 29 – December 3, 2015.

The annual Alliance meeting took place Monday, November 30th. Attendees included Image Gently leadership and more than 50 representatives of our 90+ Alliance affiliates. Topics discussed included a brief “year in review”, announcements of the upcoming Image Gently Head Trauma and pediatric cardiology campaigns and the 2015 Butterfly Award winners. The 2015 Butterfly Award winners were María del Rosario Perez, MD and Madan Rehani, PhD. They were recognized for their
leadership and global impact on improving the imaging care of children.

Andrew J. Einstein, MD, PhD of Columbia University spoke on the pediatric cardiology campaign concept. He, along with Kevin Hill, MD, of Duke University, will be the leaders of the forthcoming campaign.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at the Image Gently booth during the next RSNA meeting please contact Shaniece Rigans at srigans@acr.org.


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Booth visitors pledging to "Image Gently"
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Campaign News
  • Effective immediately, the Image Gently in Dentistry campaign welcomes Anitha Potluri, BDS, DMD, MDSC, as Chair replacing Alan Lurie, who will continue in an advisory role.  Alan was instrumental in gathering a team of experts in the successful roll out of the dental safety campaign in September 2014.
  • The Campaign’s New Mission Statement was approved: 
    The mission of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging (the Image Gently Alliance) is, through advocacy, to improve safe and effective imaging care of children worldwide.
 
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WHA Meeting with text 2Year in Review Presentations

 
PACORI, Kenya, February 2015
Italian Radiology Society Meeting, Pisa, March 2015

IAEA Technical Meeting on Justification of Medical Exposure, Vienna, March 2015
AAPM Spring Clinical Meeting, St. Louis, March 2015
World Health Alliance, Geneva, May 2015
SPR, Seattle, April 2015
ACR, Washington DC, May 2015
JPR, São Paulo, May 2015

NY DOH Image Gently webcasts/webinars,  Spring 2015
AAPM Annual Meeting, Anaheim, July 2015

ESR PiDRL, Lisbon, October 2015                                        
IAEA training workshop, Nairobi Kenya, Nov 2015
USOFARI Meeting, Kampala, Uganda, Nov 2015

 
Upcoming Meetings
 
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)        February 8 – 12, 2016        Vienna, Austria
San Paulo - Society of Radiology (SPR)               April 28 – May 1, 2016        Sao Paulo, Brazil
International Pediatric Radiology (IPR)          
     May 15 – 20, 2016              Chicago, Illinois
American College of Radiology (ACR)                  May 15 – 19, 2016              Washington, DC

To have your meeting featured on the Image Gently meetings page, please send a request to imagegently@aol.org.
 


* Dictionary.com defines the "butterfly effect" as “a cumulatively large effect that a very small natural force may produce over a period of time.”   Image Gently's newsletter, "Butterfly Effect" offers information to continuously update your practice to improve radiation protection for children. What began as a small initiative has grown to have an enormous impact, thanks to YOU and the work of the Alliance organizations.    
 
Contact: imagegently@aol.com - www.imagegently.org
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