Update: Image Gently and Nuclear Medicine at 10 Years

S. Ted Treves, MD; Michael Gelfand, MD; Marguerite Parisi, MD, MS Ed; Michael Lassmann, PhD; Marilyn Goske, MD; Briana Sexton-Stallone; and Frederic Fahey, DSc

Nuclear medicine offers well-established and valuable clinical diagnostic instrumentation and techniques in several disciplines, including urology, neurology, orthopedics, and oncology (1). Although radiation exposure from nuclear medicine studies is on par with (and often lower than) that of other medical imaging procedures, it is still prudent to limit the amount of radiation exposure to the lowest amount possible without reducing its diagnostic capability. This is particularly relevant in children because their longer life span and developing tissues may be more sensitive to the effects of ionizing radiation (2). It is also essential to be prepared to communicate the potential benefits as well as risks of each procedure with our patients and their families (3). The Image Gently Alliance was formed in 2007 to help change practice and raise awareness about radiation exposure from medical imaging in children. This effort included the dissemination of free educational materials to patients, parents, and health care providers. The group’s mission remains: ‘‘through advocacy, to improve safe and effective imaging care of children worldwide.’’ During the past decade, the Nuclear Medicine Working Group of the Image Gently Alliance has been coordinating efforts toward [Read more here: J Nucl Med-2019-Treves-7N-9N]

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