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About Imaging Safety

The valuable information gained from medical imaging exams has been directly linked to greater life expectancy and declines in cancer mortality rates.

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UCH imaging specialists always try to
produce quality image exams using the
least radiation dose necessary.

And, of course, imaging exams are generally less expensive and much less risky than the invasive procedures they replace.

In some cases, however, their use has resulted in increased radiation exposure to patients.

At UCH, we're always mindful of exposure

We understand your concerns about radiation exposure.

Our highly trained team of radiologists, technologists, and radiation physicists makes every effort to insure that your imaging exam provides the needed diagnostic information at the least radiation dose to you.

Facts about radiation exposure

We're leaders in radiation safety

Recent media reports have cited potential risks of radiation in diagnostic imaging procedures.

On staff at University of Colorado Hospital are full-time radiation safety specialists, imaging technologists, physicists, and radiologists - all of whom use the most current informatiion and technology to ensure your safety.


Read about radiation safety at UCH

We practice ALARA

Because we care about radiation exposure to you, we practice ALARA:

A - As

L - Low

A - As

R - Reasonably

A - Achievable

This means we always try to produce a quality imaging exam using the least amount of radiation dose necessary to do so.

ACR accredited

The Radiology Department is accredited by The American College of Radiology (ACR).

In addition, each imaging modality in the Radiology Department is ACR accredited. This requires that imaging equipment be tested regularly by a Board Certified Medical Physicist to make sure that it is functioning properly, taking optimal images, and minimizing radiation dose. ACR accreditation must be renewed every 3 years.

We are dedicated proponents of the nationwide Image Gently™ and Image Wisely™ initiatives as well as primary contributors to the CT Dose Index Registry of the American College of Radiology.


We're happy to answer any questions that you may have regarding radiation dose and your safety:

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