Radiation Safety

At Vancouver Radiologists, our board-certified radiologists and technical staff have received training at top universities and medical schools.  Our #1 priority is the provide the most detailed medical imaging studies that will offer an accurate diagnosis – all while ensuring patients are safe and receive the lowest amount of radiation possible.

What is Image Wisely?image-wisely

The American College of Radiology and the Radiological Society of North America formed the Joint Task Force on Adult Radiation Protection to address concerns about the surge of public exposure to ionizing radiation from medical imaging.  The Joint Task Force collaborated with the American Association of Physicists in Medicine and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists to create the Image Wisely campaign with the objective of lowering the amount of radiation used in medically necessary imaging studies and eliminating unnecessary procedures. Learn More

What is Image Gently?image-gently

The image gently Campaign is an initiative of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging.  The campaign goal is to change practice by increasing awareness of the opportunities to promote radiation protection in the imaging of children.  As a parent, if you know only one thing about procedures using medical radiation in children, let it be that there is a growing awareness of the opportunities to lower and limit dose in medical imaging and intervention without compromising quality.  Ask your pediatrician questions about radiation safety when it comes to medical imaging for your child. Learn More

Which Exams DO Use Ionizing Radiation?

The decision to have a medical imaging exam that utilizes x-rays is one that is based on the benefit of the exam vs. the potential risk from radiation.  Many factors are considered when deciding whether a medical imaging exam should be performed.  One of those is your previous x-ray exam history.  If you have changed healthcare providers, it is a good idea to keep a record of imaging exams you have had and the location of those exams to aid in making an informed decision.

Exams that use radiation include:

  • X-ray
  • CT
  • Fluoroscopy
  • DEXA
  • Mammography

Exams That DO NOT Use Ionizing Radiation

At times, imaging modalities that do not use radiation may be a better or safer choice for your imaging exam.  These exams include:

  • Ultrasound
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

 X-Ray Dose Calculator

Understanding radiation risks from medical imaging is important.  Here, you can calculate your radiation dose and estimated cancer risk from studies including CT scans, x-rays, nuclear scans and interventional procedures.  X-Ray Dose Calculator