CONCERT Research Project has been set up in order
- to perform original research from which new findings, innovations and practical guidelines for optimal clinical management of pregnant patients needing radiologic procedures will result.
- Generate dose data that may be used for the implementation of a radiation protection program designed for pregnant employees working in imaging departments, interventional laboratories and electrophysiological suites.
The activities of the project focus on the following main tasks:Conduction of a nation-wide study (survey) on current practice patterns in imaging of pregnant patients and on policies for screening women of childbearing age for pregnancy before imaging with ionizing radiation
- Development of methods for estimation of conceptus dose from imaging examinations performed on the mother
- Development of a method for (a) anticipation of conceptus dose from occupational exposure of pregnant staff during fluoroscopically-guided procedures and (b) estimation of maximum workload allowed for each month of gestation period following pregnancy declaration
- Development of a software expert system that will allow a) calculation of conceptus radiation dose and risk associated with imaging examinations performed on the expectant mother and (b) anticipation of conceptus dose and determination of the maximum workload for the pregnant employee who participates in fluoroscopically-guided interventional procedures
- Organization of a workshop on pregnancy and radiation protection to discuss the findings of the survey and disseminate the research results.
- Development of guidance document on a) the management of pregnant patients who need radiologic examinations, b) the management of pregnant employees exposed to considerable levels of occupational radiation and c) policies for screening women of childbearing age for pregnancy before imaging procedures