UCC Symposium on Cutting Edge Computed Tomography (CT)

Computed tomography, commonly known as a CT scan, is a diagnostic test that combines X-rays with computer technology to produce detailed images of the inside of the body. Unlike standard X-rays, CT scans can create 3D images demonstrating almost all organs and tissues. CT scans have become an essential element of modern medicine for disease diagnosis and treatment planning, yet there are risks from the use of radiation.

The use of ionising radiation from CT scans has well-known links with cancer and hereditary conditions from resultant damage to DNA. The additional use of X-ray dyes or contrast agents to demonstrate blood supply carries further risks of allergic reaction. Over the past 15 years, the number of CT scanners in Irish clinics and the number of CT examinations have more than doubled. Chances of inducing cancer, genetic disease or allergic reaction from every CT scan is believed to be small but not insignificant.

Equipment manufacturers and the imaging community alike have a single goal – to produce CT scanners with the lowest practicable radiation dose and acceptable safety profiles. As such there continues to be rapid development in CT technologies, improvements to scanning protocols, and optimum use of X-ray dyes. Therefore, the practise of CT scanning is rapidly changing, and Radiographers and Radiation Therapists (RRTs) who undertake CT scans need to be aware of the latest developments and best practices to ensure that patients are imaged safely.

The proposed conference will provide the community of RRTs, healthcare staff supporting the work of RRTs, researchers ad patients in Ireland with access to information on the latest CT technologies and safe practices. Event outcomes will be disseminated by video recordings and a Book of Abstracts will be published, using Open Sciences principles, to summarise current knowledge in the field of CT scanning.

Award Date
26 April 2022
Award Value
Principal Investigator
Dr Andrew England
Host Institution
University College Cork
Conference and Event Sponsorship Scheme