Debra Ann Koch

Wednesday, February 16th from 12:00 - 12:50 pm
Thomas Gosnell Hall 08-3365

Medical Interventions and Radiation …What the Media Does Not Share

Debra Ann Koch, MS, CHP, LMP
Clinical Physicist,Rochester General Health System

Formerly from Buffalo, New York, received BA in Chemistry, May, 1986 from Buffalo State College. Received MS in Chemistry, May, 1989 from RIT. Thesis titled "Provenance Determination of Bronze Age Pottery Using Neutron Activation Analysis" under the direction of Laura Tubbs, Ph.D. Returned to RIT in Fall, 1989 to study Physics as a continuing education student. Completed 20 credit hours of Physics including Radiation Physics and a Physics independent study under the direction of Jerry Wagner, Ph.D. Received Board Certification in Comprehensive Health Physics by the American Board of Health Physics and Medical Physics Licensure in Diagnostic Radiological Physics, therapeutic Radiological Physics and Medical Nuclear Physics. Other certifications include Certified Radiation Equipment Safety Officer for the New York State Department of Health.

Professional Memberships: American Association of Physicists in Medicine – first female recipient of the Fredrick Faw Memorial Award in Medical Physics in May, 2008. Also a member of the American Academy of Health Physics.

Employed by Rochester General Health System for 17 years as a clinical Physicist.

Actively implementing safety programs to reduce Radiation exposure to our pediatric and young adult population.

ABSTRACT: The recent progression of Helical Computed Tomography (CT) in Diagnostic Imaging has resulted in enhanced abilities for clinicians to image patients with extraordinary speed and accuracy. These along with major advancements in other medical modalities which emit ionizing radiation have tremendously enhanced patient care. Increased utilization of these advanced tools has been reported to expose some patients to potentially damaging levels of radiation exposure. This factor along with epidemiologic evidence correlating radiation exposure with carcinogenesis has made recent world wide headlines in the media. Although to date, no causative relationship has been made between radiation exposure from CT exams or other procedures from common medical modalities, clinicians must be proactive in implementing strict appropriateness criteria for these exams/procedures to keep future exposure to ionizing radiation to a safe level. Successful Awareness Programs focus on 3 factors: Education, Technical Factors and Identification of Patients at Risk. The goal of these programs is to identify and manage potentially at risk patients and to provide the highest quality of care while minimizing exposure to ionizing radiation.