Laser Targeting with C-arm Fluoroscopy: Effect on Radiation Exposure for Pediatric Patients
We will continue to use the laser
devices at CCMC in an effort to keep
radiation doses as low as possible. Having
the laser aids the technologist in properly aligning the c-arm in the desired
position without exposing the patient to
radiation. Prior to the installation of the
devices, it could take several seconds of
fluoro time to acquire the area of interest
in the field of view.
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Kellie Schenk, MD obtained her undergraduate degree
at the University of Washington and her medical
degree at the Oregon Health and Science University.
She is currently a fourth year radiology resident at
Hartford Hospital. Kellie will be returning to Portland,
Oregon to complete a Fellowship in body imaging in
the 2014/2015 academic year. Academic interests
include MR imaging and limiting radiation exposure
to vulnerable populations.
Lynne Johnston, RT(R)(M), CRA is the assistant
manager of radiology at Connecticut Children’s
Medical Center in Hartford, CT and a member of
AHRA. She can be contacted at ljohnston01@
Special thanks to Dr. Brown, Sherrie, and Jenna.