Child imaging safety

The WFPI is a member of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging and is an active participant in the Image Gently campaign helping to build a framework for addressing international child imaging safety needs. This group will address radiation safety as a priority. In collaboration with other international experts and under Image Gently’s stewardship, this group will aim to:

  • Support Image Gently and the work of other societies and agencies throughout the world in the goal of promoting radiation protection for children worldwide
  • Federate WFPI patient safety experts with Image Gently’s international group to secure Image Gently input into WFPI focus areas such as radiation safety and region-specific recommendations on radiation protection for children.
  Image Gently newsletter Fall 2013
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Global advocacy & meetings

WHO Global Initiative on Radiation Safety in Healthcare Settings
Expert Meeting on Radiation Risk Communication Tool for Communicating Benefits and Risks in Pediatric Imaging

Geneva, September 9th, 2013




WHO Global Initiative on Radiation Safety in Healthcare Settings
International Consultancy

Geneva, Sept 10-12th 2013


Communication tool kit on risks and benefits in pediatric imaging: expert meeting

Various presentations on the current draft in the morning, afternoon was spent on working groups editing chapters.
The plan: finish the document by end of calendar year or early 2014. This project, started more than two years ago, was delayed some due to the need for WHO to respond to the Fukushima nuclear incident.








A. Tuesday am: Focused expert meeting on radiological medical imaging of asymptomatic people for individual health assessment
B. International Consultation on the Global initiative on Radiation Safety in Health Care Settings: intro/Tuesday pm: 60 participants from 30 countries representing 29 bodes and regional organizations, 16 national bodies and 5 academic institutions, as well as WHO staff members from headquarters and regional offices
C. Review of WHO missions and radiation program
D. Review of global initiative (launching in 2008, goal, projects)
E. Review Bonn Conference December 2012: International  Conference on the Radiation Protection in Medicine - Setting the Scene for the Next Decades
F. Review of the 10 priority actions from Bonn Conference ("Bonn Call for Action")
G. WHO related programs: patient safety, medical devices, cancer research (IARC)
H. WHO Regional Offices
I.WHO network of Patients for Patient Safety presentations
J. Statements from International organizations: addressing Bonn Call-for-action

CLICK HERE (this file may be slow to open) for the IG/WFPI statement delivered by Donald Frush MD

K. Statements from professional societies: generally, society hx, admin, function including mission as well as successes and potential for contributions for global radiation safety: IG and WFPI presented together


Tuesday-Thursday cont.

L. National Societies invited to make statements
M. Afternoon:  Review of the meeting held on Monday and Tuesday morning (Communication expert meeting, Individual Health Assessment meeting summaries)
N. Working Groups breakout 

WFPI representation absent from here on

O. Report from breakout groups and discussion
P. General strategy and specific projects for the Global Initiative (radiation risks assessment, management and communication), roadmpa, timeline, next steps).


 Present from our group: Donald Frush MD (front row, 4th from L, Image Gently/WFPI/SPR), Erich Sorantin MD (front row, 1st from L, WFPI/ESPR) & Gloria Soto MD (back row, 3rd from L, CIR/WFPI/SLARP). Meeting chair: Maria del Rosario Perez MD (2nd row, centre, WHO)

Global Summit on Radiological Quality and Safety (GSRQS), Washington D.C. May 2013

The GSRQS was conceived and developed by the American College of Radiology (ACR), the European Society of Radiology (ESR), and the International Society of Radiology (ISR) to provide a robust exchange of ideas, concerns and potential solutions to quality and safety issues in diagnostic radiology. Over 50 representatives from various societies around the world attended; Dorothy Bulas MD  represented both the World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (WUFMB) and the WFPI. Marilyn Goske MD, chair of the Alliance, spoke on quality improvement resources provided by the Image Gently Campaign and gave a brief introduction of the WFPI's mission and work to date. 

The program:

Day 1: the Appropriateness of Imaging with presentations addressing guidelines, radiation risk, and decision support.
Day two: Radiation Protection and Infrastructure with sessions on radiation dose reduction and cultural challenges.
Day three: a Quality and Safety panel covering topics such as metrics, reporting, and best practices. Writing sessions in the afternoons were designed to facilitate the development of a white paper for later distribution.

With ultrasound as a major outreach initiative in third world countries, the critical need for education and quality initiatives in ultrasound was emphasized.  Who performs the US exams, who  interprets the exams, who teaches scanning techniques needs to have a commonality of quality and safety globally. These discussions  reminded all that while overutilization was an issue in this summit , underutilization cannot be ignored and is an issue all the leading societies need to take responsibility for.