Use of Fluoroscopy
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (WFBMC) requires credentialing for all medical doctors who use the fluoroscopy unless they are Board Certificated in Radiology or Radiation Oncology. EH&S Radiation Safety runs the required credentialing program which instructs physicians and researchers on how to use fluoroscopy safely. In 1999, the Chief of Professional Services implemented this requirement based on a recommendation from the Medical Radiation Safety Committee. The program addresses the following:
- operation of medical x-ray equipment, including operation,
- patient positioning,
- minimization of use of radiation,
- use of shielding devices,
- personnel radiation monitoring devices, and
- control factors that optimize image quality while reducing radiation levels.
The credentialing program is self-instructional and includes a multiple-choice examination (passing grade is >80). Once you are credentialed through this program there is no re-credentialing or refresher training required. WFBMC does NOT accept a transfer of previous fluoroscopy credentialing from other institutions. Please e-mail Amy Nelson or call 716-6084 to obtain the credentialing material and then schedule a time to take the proctored examination.
In addition to WFBMC Credentialing program, physicians can obtain up to 6.0 ACCME-approved category 1 continuing medical education credits for completion of the program: "Minimizing Risks From Fluoroscopic X-Rays©". For more information please contact the Radiation Safety Office.
Radiation Technologists can obtain 6 credits of Category A Continuing Education. Participants must receive a passing score on the post-test of 75% or better to receive a certificate and credit. For more information please contact the Radiation Safety Office.