Did You Know?
Wake Radiology is the clear choice for radiology services.
+ By nearly 3-to-1, Triangle residents prefer Wake Radiology over any other imaging group.*
+ 90% of patients would recommend Wake Radiology to a friend (far exceeding national averages).**
*Public Policy Polling. **The Ask Your Patient Survey, 2014.
Radiation Safety & Low-Dose
Computed tomography (CT) is a vital and accurate tool for rapid diagnostic evaluation of serious illness or injury in children. This extremely useful imaging modality can provide valuable and even life-saving medical information as well as help children avoid unnecessary surgery. Despite the many benefits of CT, a disadvantage is the inevitable radiation exposure.
Wake Radiology has long been a low-dose leader in the Triangle area, adopting rigorous CT dose compliance and quality control standards for our outpatient facilities that go above and beyond the standards set by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Our commitment to the right dose means that minimizing radiation exposure while maintaining diagnostic quality imaging is at the core of what we do. This commitment is especially important in children because they are an estimated two to ten times more sensitive to radiation than adults in terms of carcinogenesis and will have longer lifetimes of medical exposure.
Our team of four fellowship-trained pediatric radiologists – all of whom trained under national leaders in the dose-reduction movement – is focused on minimizing our youngest patients’ radiation exposure while maintaining high-quality imaging. We understand the importance of balancing patient safety and radiation concerns with the need for diagnostic quality imaging for children, and have developed a CT program that reflects this:
Image Gently and follow ALARA
Our pediatric radiologists have all taken the appropriate “Image Gently” pledges, initiatives of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging that promote radiation protection in the imaging of children. We follow the philosophies and protocols established through the Image Gently, Pause and Pulse (fluoroscopy) and Step Lightly (interventional radiology) programs. All other Wake Radiology physicians involved in a child’s care are similarly bound by these pledges. We also follow the gold standard in radiation safety practices known as ALARA (keeping radiation dose “as low as reasonably achievable”). This is not simply a phrase to us, but rather a work principle and mindset that leads to a culture of patient safety as well as professional ethics and excellence.
Pediatric protocols reduce CT exams and dose
At Wake Radiology, a pediatric radiologist is available to review every pediatric CT request, to determine whether the question could be answered by doing an exam that doesn’t use ionizing radiation, such as ultrasound or MRI. When a CT is appropriate, each scan is tailored to the child and the correct pediatric protocol is implemented to reduce the amount of radiation used and scan only the area the needs to be diagnosed or treated. When a child has Crohn’s disease, we are able to perform MRE versus CT whenever appropriate.
Technology supports 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. Our fluoroscopy suite employs pulsed technology, allowing us to complete studies with a fraction of the conventional dose. Wake Radiology’s long-length imaging system, which is particularly suited to scoliosis patients, can image the entire spine in a single view, which eliminates the need for separate exposures of the upper and lower spine.
ACR accreditations address dose
Our pediatric imaging center is accredited by the American College of Radiology for CT. This designation demonstrates that Wake Radiology meets or exceeds nationally-accepted care standards and that our team is expertly qualified in their education, experience and certifications to perform and interpret pediatric medical images. Maintaining low radiation dosages while achieving high image quality is part of the accreditation requirements.