Image Gently: A Decade of International Collaborations to Promote Appropriate Imaging for Children
Authors: Kimberly E. Applegate, MD, MS and Donald P. Frush, MD
From inception, the vision of the Image Gently (IG) Alliance (originally called the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging) has been a global one. Its mission is, through advocacy, to improve safe and effective imaging care of children worldwide. Over a decade ago, the steering committee of the campaign committed to a simple message of assurance, of collaboration and learning (with free educational materials to this community), and of openness to all stakeholders who are involved in the imaging care of children [1. The goal was—and is—to change the way we practice.
Before the launch of the first educational module on CT scanning in children in 2008, we began to engage a broad, international audience by inviting and working with many international radiology, medical physics, and radiography organizations to share information. The first organizations outside of North America to join the IG Alliance were the regional pediatric radiology societies [the European Society of Paediatric Radiology, the Asian and Oceanic Society for Pediatric Radiology, and the Latin American Society of Pediatric Radiology (Sociedad Latino Americana de Radiología Pediátrica)], and by serendipity, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists, and the national radiology and medical physics organizations of Malaysia. From the start, interest in joining the IG Alliance was strong; the steering committee sent out invitations and received requests to join. We are grateful for the support, growth, and continued bidirectional learning that now comprises over 100 Alliance members.
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