LOW DOSE COMMITMENTAdministing the lowest dose possible - always.
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Wake Radiology technologists have earned the highest certifications possible.
Wake Radiology has long been a low-dose leader in the Triangle. We’ve adopted rigorous CT dose compliance and quality control standards that go above and beyond standards set by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Our commitment to the right dose means minimizing radiation exposure while maintaining quality diagnostic imaging. Wake Radiology is known for having one of the region’s most responsible CT programs.
CT is one of the most powerful diagnostic tools Wake Radiology offers referring providers and their patients. These exams combine special X-ray equipment with sophisticated computers to produce the CT images. We understand the importance of balancing patient safety and radiation concerns with the need for diagnostic quality imaging. Our CT program reflects this.
Technology supports the right dose: high resolution and low dose
Wake Radiology CT scanners are equipped with dose reduction software to deliver high quality images and exposure levels on the low end of the dose range as defined by the ACR. We provide pulsed fluoroscopy technology, which allows us to complete studies with a fraction of the conventional dose. Additionally, our iDXA instruments deliver high resolution in the identification and assessment of vertebral fracture deformities with DXA. Progression of osteoporotic spine fractures can be tracked with greater reliability and with a lower dose than with plain radiographs.
We pledge to Image Wisely and Image Gently, plus we follow ALARA
Both our radiologists and technologists have taken the appropriate pledges to Image Wisely (adults), Image Gently (children), Pause and Pulse (fluoroscopy), and Step Lightly (interventional radiology). These initiatives of the ACR and the Radiological Society of North America promote radiation protection in the imaging of adults and children. We also follow radiation safety practices known as ALARA (keeping radiation “as low as reasonably achievable”). ALARA is not simply a phrase to us, but rather a work principle and mindset that leads to a culture of professional excellence.
Radiologist oversight, individual protocols optimize CT exams and radiation dose
At Wake Radiology, all information from the referring provider is carefully evaluated to customize every patient scan for the area of clinical interest. For our youngest patients, a pediatric radiologist is available to review every CT request and determine if an alternative exam such as ultrasound or MRI could be used, so that any radiation can be avoided. When a CT is appropriate, each scan is tailored to the child to ensure the correct pediatric protocol is implemented. Learn more about the right dose for children
Driven by radiologist oversight and a formal quality assurance program, we internally track dose and include it in our CT reports. Thomas Presson, MD, is the director of radiation safety programs at Wake Radiology. An interventional radiologist, Dr. Presson also serves as the radiation safety officer at UNC REX Healthcare and Maria Parham Medical Center. If you have any questions about radiation safety at Wake Radiology, please email Dr. Presson.