Imaging tests provide immeasurable health benefits. They find a wide range of diseases in their earliest stages, help doctors make the right diagnosis and allow patients to avoid unnecessary medical procedures. Their benefits far outweigh any risks.
Nonetheless, many imaging procedures – including CT scans, X-rays, mammograms, nuclear medicine tests and fluoroscopy - involve small amounts of radiation that may have an accumulative effect over time.
To minimize any risk to patients, Methodist Imaging uses the lowest dose of radiation possible without affecting our ability to get high quality images.
In order to ensure that we are providing exceptional patient care and providing a safe environment for our patients, Methodist Health System Imaging will become participants in both the Image Wisely and Image Gently, two nationwide initiatives sponsored by the following groups:
- American College of Radiology
- Radiological Society of North America
- American Association of Physicists in Medicine
- American Society of Radiologic Technologists
Image Wisely focuses on adult imaging, whereas Image Gently focuses on imaging in children.
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The commitment to these programs supports Methodist Health System’s Strategic Initiatives that focus on People and Quality/Safety.