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Course description: 

Fluoroscopy procedures can expose patients and personnel to high levels of radiation, an area of public and regulatory concern. Radiologic technologists, radiologist assistants and other professionals operating fluoroscopic units or assisting in fluoroscopy procedures are legally and ethically responsible for operating equipment safely and taking proper radiation protection measures. One way of fulfilling this responsibility is to understand the federal and state regulations regarding fluoroscopy and to follow practices that reduce radiation exposure during medical imaging procedures. In addition to describing various international groups and federal agencies that have a hand in developing radiation protection standards, Marlene Johnson, M.Ed., R.T.(R), unravels the federal laws and regulations governing fluoroscopy and radiation protection.

About the Author:
Marlene Johnson, MEd, R.T.(R)
is currently the education director for the department of radiology at the University of Utah Health Care, Salt Lake City, Utah. She has 32 years of experience in radiologic sciences education, serving as professor, program director and clinical instructor. Ms. Johnson has developed programs in radiologic technology, magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, mammography and her most recent accomplishment, a BS program in nuclear medicine. She is a strong advocate for the radiologic sciences and radiologic technologist education in particular.

Course objectives: 

After completing this article, readers should be able to:

 

  • Describe international advisory groups that have studied and created radiation protection standards.
  • Summarize the function of the various federal and state agencies that standardize radiation protection practices.
  • Discuss the federal laws and regulations that govern fluoroscopy and radiation protection of patients and personnel.
  • Explain the significance of the CARE (Consistency, Accuracy, Responsibility and Excellence in Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy) bill in relation to radiation safety practices.
  • Describe various radiation dose reduction practices in fluoroscopy.
  • Discuss the regulation and education of fluoroscopy operators.
  • Discuss various radiation safety awareness campaigns and their audiences.
Course details

Delivery method: 

  • eLearning

Language: 

  • English

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