June 06, 2019

ACR Endorses AAPM Position on Patient Gonadal and Fetal Shielding

On May 30, the American College of Radiology (ACR) submitted a letter to the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) endorsing the AAPM Position Statement on Patient Gonadal and Fetal Shielding.

After a thorough review of the scientific basis of the AAPM statement, the Executive Committee of the ACR Board of Chancellors voted to endorse the position during ACR 2019 in Washington, D.C. in late May.

“We greatly appreciate the AAPM addressing and updating these recommendations based on current technology and understanding of radiologic practice, with our patients’ safety as their primary concern,” said Geraldine B. McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR, chair of the ACR Board of Chancellors.

The ACR recognizes that this is a major change in practice and is actively participating with AAPM and other stakeholder groups to help create sensible and helpful recommendations for training and education programs, as well as clinical practices. Additionally, over the coming year, the ACR Commissions on Medical Physics and Quality and Safety will be reviewing the Practice Parameters and Technical Standards in order to make recommendations for alignment with this position statement.

“We look forward to the universal adoption of these new recommendations,” said Darcy Wolfman, MD, a member of the ACR Ethics Committee.

For questions, please contact Dustin A. Gress, MS, DABR, DABSNM, ACR senior advisor for medical physics, at dgress@acr.org