Interventional Radiology Protocol Guidance
Reducing radiation dose must be balanced against safe, accurate and effective completion of the procedure. Not all the steps suggested may be possible in each case, depending on size of the patient, technical challenge and critical nature of the procedure. Overall patient safety is the most important need to fulfill. The goal is to minimize the dose to the patient while providing important and necessary medical care.
Safety is a team effort. The best medical care happens when each member of the team takes responsibility to ask appropriate questions when needed.
Reduced dose to patients also reduces dose to health care personnel. In pediatric interventional radiology, the goals are to complete the procedure as safely and effectively as possible while minimizing cumulative dose to patients and as well as to the pediatric IR team. The risk of the procedure needs to be balanced against the risk of not having the procedure, or having more invasive treatments such as conventional open surgery.
Download and present this educational powerpoint presentation to help your team reduce pediatric IR dosage:
- Image Gently, Step Lightly: Practice of ALARA in Pediatric Interventional Radiology - Slide presentation
- Click here for the team-wide suggested protocol for radiation safety in pediatric IR
Steps for Radiation Safety in Children
Download and review this Step Lightly checklist for each case
Step Lightly Procedure Checklist
Plan, prepare and communicate.
Measure, record and review.