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Optimizing quality, safety, and precision in medical imaging

6 June 2019

Recorded broadcast →

Presenter: Ehsan Samei
Date of broadcast: 6 June 2019, 4 pm CET (check your corresponding time)

Organized jointly with the International Organization for Medical Physics

About the webinar

Clinical imaging can only be effective when it is of adequate quality and practiced with a high degree of safety and precision. 

These three goals (quality, safely, and precision) necessitate proper quantification, their tracking across the imaging practice, and proactive correction of imaging processes to achieve a priori operational goals for each. 

In this presentation, the speaker will offer a description of quantification approaches in image quality (e.g. task-based performance, detectability, and estimability), in safety (e.g. effective dose and organ dose), and precision (e.g. DRLs).  This follows with the methods to integrate quantifications into an informatics infrastructure to enable monitoring of the attributes, as well as strategies for establishing operational goals and conformance for each of the three goals. Demonstrations will be presented for selected applications in CT imaging and beyond.

Learning objectives

  1. To understand the role of imaging in medicine and how safety and quality of imaging is directly related to its effective function
  2. To understand how the accounting for and quantification of both radiation dose and image quality are two essential and inter-related gradients of imaging dose optimization
  3. To understand how safety and quality monitoring, analytics, and constraints should be used to assess, optimize, and ensure consistency and value of imaging care.

About the presenter

Ehsan Samei, PhD, DABR, FAAPM, FSPIE, FAIMBE is a  medical physicist and a tenured Professor of Radiology, Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering, Physics, and Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University. He is an imaging scientist with an active interest in bridging the gap between scientific scholarship and clinical practice. He is the chief clinical physicist and the head of the medical physics program at Duke University. He is also the chair of the Medical Physics 3.0 initiative of the AAPM. He has mentored over 100 trainees, has published over 270 referred journal papers, and been the recipient of over 30 extramural grants. 

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