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CareCore National Adopts ‘Image Gently’ Radiology Standards to Reduce Harmful Childhood Radiation Exposure

Bluffton, SC (PRWEB) October 23, 2008

CareCore National, a leading benefit management company for diagnostic imaging services, announced today its endorsement of the Image Gently initiative, a national campaign led by pediatric radiology experts to minimize children’s unnecessary exposure to harmful radiation. Image Gently, created by the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging, a group of more than 30 medical professional societies, underscores the need for the medical community to pay special attention when ordering radiological imaging services such as CT scans for children, due to the heightened risks of cancer and other health problems associated with over-radiation. CareCore National has pledged to assist the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging by ensuring that all radiologists that participate in CareCore National-managed programs understand and use the new professional guidelines for imaging in children. CareCore National also encourages all participating radiologists to be accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR), a process that helps to ensure that the highest standards of quality and safety are used.

Dr. Marilyn Goske, Chairwoman of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging, applauded CareCore National’s effort. “By supporting the Image Gently campaign and implementing lower dose pediatric protocols and encouraging ACR accreditation for all their CT facilities, CareCore National is promoting radiation protection for children,” said Dr. Goske.

The Image Gently campaign and CareCore National’s efforts to promote safe pediatric imaging are a response to increasing concern in the medical community and in scientific literature that the proliferation of imaging technology has, at times, created inappropriate overuse of radiation-based services like CT scans. Approximately 65 million CT scans will be performed in 2008; of these, seven million will be performed on children, and the number is increasing by 10 percent per year. This radiation exposure is a particular cancer concern for children because of their higher sensitivity to radiation and the fact that they have a greater number of remaining years in which to develop a radiation-induced cancer.

Among radiological techniques, CT is the largest contributor to medical radiation dose in the United States. The need for the Image Gently campaign’s guidelines arose out of a recognition that the techniques many physicians use in pediatric imaging may not be tailored to children’s smaller bodies, resulting in radiation exposures that are greater than necessary. CT technology in particular is widely used among all ages of children, with 33 percent of pediatric scans performed on children under 10 years of age.

The Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging, which includes leading professional societies such as the Society for Pediatric Radiology, the American College of Radiology and the American Association of Physicists developed Image Gently to educate radiologists, radiology technologists, radiation physicists and the public about the importance of using appropriate imaging techniques for children. By adopting the Image Gently initiative, CareCore National will now require its participating radiologists to take the Image Gently pledge – a promise to abide by the guidelines set forth by the Alliance to ensure that any test using ionizing radiation is performed with the lowest possible radiation exposure.

“CareCore National’s top priority is ensuring the safety, quality and appropriateness of imaging,” said Dr. Shelley Weiner, Chief Medical Officer of CareCore National. “Our medical advisory panel works continually to ensure that the standards we require of our participating physicians reflect the most current medical literature and professional recommendations. By incorporating the Image Gently Program into our quality assurance program, we will make radiologists and referring physicians more aware of the importance of using imaging tests in an appropriate way, especially on children.”

CareCore National’s Image Gently pledge requires that radiologists look for opportunities to lower radiation dosage in pediatric imaging by appropriately adjusting imaging protocols and techniques with the assistance of their medical physicist. CareCore National will provide a guide on radiation exposure for different imaging procedures. By pledging, participating practices acknowledge that every member of the imaging team plays a vital role in caring for the patient and needs to be actively involved in ongoing dialogue and process enhancements that ensure radiation safety for young patients. To ensure compliance, CareCore National will include a review of all the components of the Image Gently Program as part of its site visits.

“Radiologists play a crucial role in today’s healthcare system, offering highly advanced diagnostic tools that have revolutionized the practice of medicine over the past decade and minimizing the need for more invasive medical procedures,” continued Dr. Weiner. “However, with these technological advancements comes a need to ensure that imaging procedures be used appropriately, especially among radiation-sensitive populations like children. Each examination must not only be appropriate for the clinical problem, but also technically designed for the individual child in order to minimize radiation exposure and maximize the information obtained from the test. Raising attention to the issue of radiation exposure in children will also help to focus the radiology community on the need to control radiation exposure from diagnostic x-rays for the entire population.”

About the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging

The Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging is a consortium of professional societies who are concerned about radiation exposure children receive when undergoing medical imaging procedures. Currently, 33 medical societies from the United States and around the world representing more than 500,000 medical professionals in the fields of radiology, pediatrics, medical physics and radiation safety are involved. Please visit the Image Gently Web site http://www.imagegently.org for more information.

About CareCore National, LLC

CareCore National is a specialty benefit management company that delivers quality and utilization management solutions for radiology, cardiology and oncology services. Our innovative and quality-driven approach has made us one of the country’s fastest-growing specialty benefit management companies.

Founded in 1994, CareCore National has taken its industry-leading expertise in managing both quality and utilization of outpatient diagnostic studies and added first-in-marketplace management of cardiac imaging, implantable devices, radiation therapy and high cost injectible drugs primarily related to cancer care. Through our robust product offerings, CareCore National works with health plan clients to improve utilization and enhance quality. Our expert staff of medical directors and nurses administers the dynamic clinical protocols and innovative approaches needed to deliver first-class specialty benefits management. CareCore National is URAC accredited in Health Utilization Management and certified by NCQA in Utilization Management. For more information, visit http://www.carecorenational.com.

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Dr. Marie-Ange D. Tardieu and the Body Image Institute of New York (BIINY) Celebrate National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month (NCOAM)

Larchmont, NY (PRWEB) September 13, 2010

Today, the Body Image Institute of New York (BIINY) announced its support for National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Throughout the month of September, The Body Image Institute will hold seminars and workshops to raise awareness about the obesity epidemic in an effort to help improve the health of American children.

Childhood obesity has been a growing problem over the past four decades. Currently one out of every three (31.8%) children living on American soil, ages 2 to 19, is overweight or obese; a statistic that health and medical experts consider an epidemic.

Being overweight or obese is unhealthy at any age. Obese children are at risk for a number of emotional, physical, life-threatening, and psychological problems. They are often teased by their peers, and harassed or discriminated against by their own family and friends. These children may grow into individuals with low self esteem, which predisposes them to depression.

The life-threatening consequences of this epidemic create a compelling and critical call for action. Obesity is estimated to cause 112,000 deaths per year in the United States, and one third of all children born in the year 2000 are expected to develop diabetes during their lifetime. Experts predict that the current generation may be on track to have a shorter lifespan than their parents.

Childhood obesity as a condition also places those affected at greater risk of developing heart disease and cancer. It can also lead to other conditions such as osteo-arthritis, sleep disorders, high cholesterol and other disorders that may include liver disease, early puberty or menarche, eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, skin infections, asthma and other respiratory problems. Studies have shown that overweight children are more likely to become overweight adults. Obesity during adolescence has been found to increase mortality rates during adulthood.

While obesity afflicts children across the US, certain groups have been disproportionately affected. For instance the Bronx is ground zero for childhood obesity in America. Almost half (47%) of Head Start participants in the South Bronx are either obese (31%) or overweight (16%). Nearly 4 in 10 (39%) kindergartners and 5th graders attending public schools there are either obese (24%) or overweight (15%). A similar proportion (38%) of high school students reports heights and weights that indicate obesity or overweight; 17% are obese, and 21% are overweight. Among adult residents, 2 in 3 (66%) report heights and weights indicating they are obese or overweight.

It is undisputed that the Bronx, as a city, has the largest number of obese infants in the US. Obesity rates are also highest among non-Hispanic black girls and Hispanic boys. Obesity is particularly common among American Indian/Native Alaskan children. In addition, obesity can be influenced by a number of environmental and behavioral factors, including unhealthy eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle at home and at school.

According to Marie-Ange D. Tardieu, M.D., medical director of the Body Image Institute of New York and author of The Elements of Size: Issues in Body Image, Obesity, Overweight, Eating and the Mediterranean Diet, prevention of obesity must begin early and continue throughout life with particular attention directed to three critical periods in a childs development: before birth, between the ages of 4 and 7, and during puberty.

Dr. Nereida Correa, who has served as a member of the National Advisory Council for Maternal, Infant and Fetal Nutrition, is on the Advisory Council of Women’s Health of the Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration in Washington DC, and is the president and CEO of Eastchester Medical Associates concurs: advice about diet and exercise should be dispensed throughout childhood obesity prevention should start when the child is in its mothers womb before delivery, breast feeding should be encouraged because it helps prevent obesity in infancy and offers a protective factor against obesity in later childhood. (A 60 percent increase in obesity has been observed in children who were not breastfed.)

Stephanie C. Tardieu, who reviewed the effects of consuming sweets in early life noted: 70 percent American infants receive sweets by the age of 15 months, and by the age of 2, 43 percent of American toddlers are given soft drinks daily. (One can of a non-diet soft drink contain 150 calories, the equivalent of 10 spoons of sugar.) Miss Tardieu further remarked: As responsible adults, we can all join forces and take steps to turn the epidemic of childhood obesity around, and guide our communities to healthy eating and lifestyle habits.


THE BODY IMAGE INSTITUTE OF NEW YORK is a Body Image Clinic and consulting firm serving communities throughout the New York tri-state area. Dr. Marie-Ange D. Tardieu, a plastic surgeon, body image and obesity expert, is the institutes medical director. For the past 10 years, through seminars and workshops in schools, colleges, outpatient clinics and hospitals, the institute has worked in collaboration with corporations, schools, universities and hospitals in an effort to raise awareness about the obesity crisis and curtail the trend of overweight and obesity in schools and the workplace.

To call attention to the nation’s obesity epidemic, earlier this year, Congress designated September 2010 as the first National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Childhood Obesity Awareness Month kicked off on September 1st, and will be celebrated throughout September 2010. The theme for the National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month is “Let us all take steps to promote healthy eating and living to solve the problem of CHILDHOOD OBESITY within a generation.” The month of September from now on will be a month where families across America are urged to take their children to visit their doctor and to focus on helping those children to establish lifelong healthy habits by eating balanced meals and snacks and participating regularly in physical activity.

To honor the month in New York, The Body Image Institute of New York will conduct Workshops on Body Image, Proper Nutrition and Physical Activity at the institute locations (Eastchester Medical Associates) in the Bronx, and Westchester. Everyone attending these workshops will be provided a copy of The Elements of Size, Dr. Tardieus new book that outlines protocols for healthy eating and living. To register or learn about these or future workshops and seminars, please call Eastchester Medical Associates (EMA) 718-708-5650 (Bronx), or via E-mail mimi_tardieu@yahoo.com

For information about National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month in other states, please visit LetsMove.gov

About the Elements of Size: Issues in Body Image, Obesity, Overweight, Eating, and the Mediterranean Diet

The Elements of Size is a book that analyzes all the elements contributing to the obesity epidemic. The book shows why most weight loss protocols fail and guide you to the road of prevention and cure.

The Body Image Institute of New York

P.O. Box 2030

Larchmont, NY 10538