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CT Radiation Dosing: What the Ordering Practitioner Needs to Know (1 credit Video)

Hours: 1.00

Best suited for: All physicians and practitioners ordering CT scans.

Target Audience: All physicians and practitioners ordering CT exams (physicians of all specialties, dentists, APRN’s and PA’s). Other interested healthcare practitioners are also welcome to participate.

Original Release Date: July 2, 2012
Review Date: July 15, 2016
Expiration Date: July 20, 2018

Description: Powerful new CT technology has enabled life-saving medical advances.  However, unnecessary testing and failure to implement proper dosing controls have led to higher than necessary radiation exposure for patients. Numerous white papers and national initiatives have issued the call to reduce the risk of radiation overdosing from imaging studies. This online video CME activity provides the ordering physician or practitioner with the resources to quickly and confidently determine the most appropriate test to order and the optimal dosing. The desired outcome is that the informed patient will benefit from the most accurate and timely diagnosis with the least radiation exposure.

Learning Objectives: Upon successful completion, participants should be able to:
1. State what the ordering practitioner can do to reduce exposure to dose variation between facilities.
2. Explain the significance of providing an adequate history and indications to the radiologist in reducing exposure to CT radiation for your patients.
3. Explain radiation risks and exposure to patients and direct them to online patient education resources.
4. Access guidelines on selecting the appropriate imaging modality for your patient.

Learning Assessment: There will be a post test for this activity with a minimum performance requirement of 4 out of 5 correct answers.

Estimated time to complete activity: 1 hour

Residents will earn a certificate of completion. Physicians will earn CME credit. CME Information - Read

Method and Medium: To obtain CME credit, view the entire online presentation, complete the evaluation and post test and print your certificate online.

CME Credit: 1.0


MOC Approved: Through the American Board of Medical Specialties ("ABMS") and Association of American Colleges' ("AAMC") joint initiative to create a wide array of Maintenance of Certification ("MOC") Activities, 'CT Radiation Dosing: What the Ordering Practitioner Needs to Know' has met the MOC requirements as a Part II activity by the following ABMS Member Boards:

  • American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • American Board of Family Medicine
  • American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • American Board of Radiology
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery
  • American Board of Urology



State Requirements:
Based on information from state licensing authorities published by the AMA, this program meets specific CME requirements for the following states:
Florida -  This activity includes content in Preventing Medical Errors
Connecticut - This activity includes content in Risk Management
Massachusetts - This activity includes content in Risk Management
Pennsylvania - This activity includes content in Risk Management / Patient Safety

Disclosure Policy - Read

Disclosure:  The speaker, editors and planning committee members for this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

About the Speakers: Thomas Vreeland, MD and Katy Caraway, JD - Read full bios

Managing Editor: Dawer Azizi, MHA, CPHRM, LAMMICO Manager of Risk Management

Editor: Sharon Cusanza, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, LAMMICO Senior Risk Management Education Specialist

Content Advisors/Planning Committee Members - Read

Electronic Hardware and Software Requirements - Read

Web Master Contact Information: For assistance, contact Shea Ivey at 866/398-1038 or help@medicalinteractive.com

Disclaimer: This activity is presented as risk management education.  It is not legal advice, nor does it establish medical standards of care.  Standards of care vary depending on the unique presentation of each patient.  The information contained herein is not a substitute for the reasonable discretion of skilled and informed clinicians at the point of care.

Copyright Information: Copyright © 2012

Bibliography: To view and download a Bibliography for this presentation, please select the References button below.

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