Image Gently Have-A-Heart Campaign

Authors:  Kevin D. Hill, MD, MS and Donald P. Frush, MD

On May 7, 2017, the Image Gently Alliance launched its eighth major campaign seeking to enhance safe and effective use of ionizing radiation for medical imaging in children. The Have-A-Heart campaign’s focus was on medical imaging in children with congenital and acquired heart disease and, consistent with previous Image Gently campaigns, brought together experts from multiple disciplines with a primary focus on education.

Congenital heart disease is the most common birth defect, affecting an estimated one million children living in the United States [1, 2]. Acquired heart diseases affect an additional 1 of every 100,000 children annually [3. Although heart diseases span the spectrum of medical complexity, many are associated with high morbidity; prolonged and expensive hospitalizations; need for multiple, complex palliative surgeries; and lifelong medical needs. [Read more….]