, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 407-409
Date: 27 Apr 2012

Lessons for Nuclear Cardiology from the DCRI/ACCF/AHA radiation think tank

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This issue of the Journal contains a summary1 of proceedings of a think tank on patient radiation safety in adult cardiology, held in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia in February 2011. The summit was convened by the Duke Clinical Research Institute together with the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association, and included participation by numerous professional societies sharing this concern, including ASNC. The think tank included a plenary session with talks on various aspects of the problem of patient radiation safety by luminaries in cardiac imaging as well as by industry and regulatory experts, a friendly debate on the benefits and risks of ionizing radiation for cardiovascular care, and breakout groups which developed goals—and strategies for accomplishing these goals—related to four critical issues: risk estimation, measuring and reporting radiation dose, dose-reduction strategies, and education and communication about radiation.

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