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Visiting Fellowship in CT Dose Optimization
Department of Radiology Chairman Emeritus James H. Thrall, MD, describes the mission and unique advantage of the Webster Center.
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The mission of the Webster Center for Quality and Safety encompasses all aspects of quality and safety in radiology in addition to developing and promoting imaging methods that ensure the lowest achievable level of patient exposure to radiation.
Following the example set by our namesake, Edward (Ted) W. Webster, the Center is dedicated to improving patient safety and maintaining high quality of care in radiology. We will share our with radiologists, technologists and other imaging scientists around the world.
The original Webster Center for Advanced Research and Education in Radiation was founded by Department of Radiology Chairman Emeritus James H. Thrall, MD to work towards a primary goal of radiation dose reduction. With guidance from Radiologist-in-Chief James A. Brink, MD, the Center has extended its goals to include:
The Webster Center for Quality and Safety will continue to offer national and international visiting fellowships for radiologists and technologists interested in CT radiation dose as it pertains to daily clinical practice.More information >
Edward (Ted)W. Webster
The Webster Center for Quality and Safety was founded in memory of the late Edward (Ted) W. Webster, PhD (1922 - 2005), who distinguished himself as an outstanding leader, educator, and scientist during his 47 years in the Mass General Department of Radiology and on the Harvard Medical School faculty. His leadership roles included radiation safety officer, chairman of the Radiation Safety and Radioactive Drug Research Committees and the Committee on Research and director of the Division of Radiological Sciences.
He was an active member of many national and international organizations, including the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) and the Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation III (BEIR III) Committee for the National Academy of Sciences' National Research Council. He also contributed significantly to the works of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the International Council on Radiation Effects and Measurement, the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Council on Radiation Protection (ICRP), and the Atomic Bomb Casualty Committee.
In addition, Dr. Webster was a pioneer in the field of radiology education. He was instrumental in the development of the radiological physics curriculum and examination system for the American Board of Radiology and he founded and directed the New England Roentgen Ray Society's course in radiological physics which, for more than 20 years was a primary vehicle for the training of radiology residents in New England.
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The Webster Center has received numerous awards and honors for work related to CT radiation dose.
First place for research paper
Association of University Radiologists (AUR)
Research. Assessment of submillisievert abdominal CT with nine iterative reconstruction techniques for four different vendors.
Certificate of Merit
Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)
Teaching. Rationale and logistics of lung cancer screening.
RSNA Fellows Research Trainee Award
Research. CT texture analysis of histologically proven benign and malignant lung lesions.
RSNA Resident Research Trainee Award
Non small cell lung cancer: Efficacy of CT texture analysis in assessment of histological subtype.
Society of Thoracic Imaging (STR)
Lung cancer screening: Building blocks to develop a successful program.
Second prize for scientific paper
Comparison of filtered back projection (FBP), Adaptive Statistical (ASIR) and Model Based (MBIR) iterative reconstruction techniques for post mortem brain CT acquired at seven different dose levels.
Best itinerary for use of iterative reconstruction (IR) techniques in pediatric CT: Sharing lessons learned across different CT platforms.
Effect of localizer radiograph on radiation dose associated with automatic exposure control: Human cadaver and patient study.
Size specific dose estimates for chest CT: Variation in the diameter.
Partners in Excellence Award
Partners Healthcare, Boston, MA
Leadership and Innovation: CT radiation dose reduction.
Dual-Energy CT: Uncovering and Troubleshooting New Pitfalls and Artifacts.
Magna Cum Laude
Society of Thoracic Radiology (STR)
Contemporary techniques for radiation reduction in chest CT.
Teamwork on Partners Radiation Optimization Committee.
Patient Safety Star
MGH/MGPO Edward P. Lawrence Center for Quality & Safety
CT radiation dose reduction applications for patient care.
Application of adaptive statistical iterative reconstruction technique for dose reduction in chest CT.
Quantifying the Effect of Computerized Order Entry with Decision Support on the Growth of CT Imaging Volumes.
Almost Seamless! Radiology Order Entry Driven CT Protocoling for Managing Radiation Dose.
Shield Thy Patients? The Pros and Cons of In-plane Shielding in CT.
Does Radiology Exam Ordering Practice Affect the Volume of High Cost Radiology Exams?
Radiation: The Good (Hormesis), The Bad (Cancer), The Ugly (Overdose).
Executive Council Resident Research
American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS)
Automatic Patient Centering for MDCT: Effect on Radiation Dose.
Third Best Poster
Annual Meeting of North American Society for Cardiac Imaging (NASCI)
Coronary stent imaging with 64-slice MDCT at different kVp settings.
Obesity: Impact on Imaging and Imaging-guided Intervention.
Radiation dose optimization from head to toe: Scanning protocols and clinical applications of automatic tube current modulation in CT.
Radiological Investigations during Pregnancy: Issues, Concerns, and Strategies.
RSNA Fellows Research Trainee
Limited by body habitus: Economic and quality control issues in the ability of a radiology department to provide diagnostic imaging to a fattening population.
Do metallic endoprosthesis increase radiation dose associated with automatic tube current modulation in abdominal-pelvic multidetector CT? - A phantom and patient study.
Radiologic Society of North America (RSNA)
Multidetector CT scanning of abdomen and pelvis: A study for optimization of automatic tube current modulation technique in 120 subjects.
Application of rational practice & technical advances for optimizing radiation dose for chest CT.
Current Strategies for Abdominal CT Radiation Dose Optimization.
Webster Center for Quality and Safety
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