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Medical Physics in Federal and State Governments

T Mills

D Winter

S Keith

D Fletcher

T Mills1*, D Winter2*, S Keith3*, D Fletcher4*, (1) F.D.A, Silver Spring, MD, (2) David Grant Medical Center, VACAVILLE, AA, (3) National Ctr for Environment, Atlanta, GA, (4) Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD

WE-E-211-1 Wednesday 2:00:00 PM - 2:55:00 PM Room: 211

In 2010, FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) launched an "Initiative to Reduce Unnecessary Radiation Exposure from Medical Imaging" and held a public meeting on "Device Improvements to Reduce Unnecessary Radiation Exposure from Medical Imaging" March 30-31, 2010). In follow-up, FDA is pursuing efforts using its regulatory authority as it applies to imaging equipment and manufacturers and also partnering with professional organizations such as AAPM, industry and other governmental agencies to incorporate radiation protection principles into facility quality assurance, personnel credentialing, and training requirements.

The current U.S. Federal guidance on medical x-rays was published in 1976 and addresses film imaging for radiographic and dental modalities. The Medical Workgroup of the Interagency Steering Committee on Radiation Standards (ISCORS) has modernized that document to address both diagnostic and interventional approaches, film and digital imaging, and the broad range of modalities that include radiography, computed tomography, interventional fluoroscopy, dentistry, bone densitometry, and veterinary practice. The current scope and status of the document will be presented.

The Military Health System is committed to providing state-of-the-art care to its beneficiaries; both at home and abroad. Personnel constraints and the continuing wars oversees have created obstacles to this objective. In the past decade, tremendous advances have occurred in Electronic Health Records (EHR) and Teleradiology. Military Radiology seeks to leverage these advances as a means of surmounting many of the challenges it faces. In this talk, the current status of DoD teleradiology and EHR will be presented.

Learning objectives:
1. To provide a venue in which physicists working in the public sector can interface and discuss specific issues related to supporting the federal and state governments
2. To provide a venue for medical physicists to voice specific concerns with federal/state programs where medical physics should be involved in and/or more effective.
3. To educate audience on federal or state new or updated guidelines

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