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Medication Safety in Radiology: Often Unrecognized Issues

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To Participate

To participate in this continuing education activity:

  1. Review the activity description and objectives.
  2. View the activity.
  3. Complete the online post-test and activity evaluation.

NOTE: If you attended the live CE activity titled "Medication Safety in Radiology: Often Unrecognized Issues" that was held on December 7, 2015 during the 50th ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting & Exhibition in New Orleans, Louisiana AND received CE credit (i.e. a pharmacist CE statement with ACPE Universal Activity Number 0221-9999-15-253-L05-P), you are NOT allowed to also receive CE credit for this home-study activity.

Activity Description

Radiology departments often use medications in ways that are different from other clinical areas of the hospital, which presents a unique set of challenges. Pharmacists and Radiologic Technologists may not always be aware of the significant safety issues that can arise or their role in promoting safe medication use in this setting. This activity will educate participants on how medications are administered in radiology and the unique devices and techniques employed in the use of contrast. Speakers will describe actual errors that have been reported as well as how to implement effective risk-reduction strategies, including steps that can be taken to ensure compliance with current regulatory and accreditation standards. A nationally recognized hospital pharmacist will describe the role of the pharmacy in working with radiology to improve medication use.

Learning Objectives

The target audience for this activity includes pharmacists and radiologic technologists. Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the different types of contrast injection systems used in imaging services and invasive cardiology, and how contrast is administered using these devices.
  • Identify system-based causes of errors associated with the use of medications in radiology.
  • Prioritize selected strategies to prevent harm and improve medication safety in radiology.
  • Outline current regulatory and accreditation requirements related to the use of medications in radiology, and safe ways to comply with them.
  • Describe pharmacy’s role in the radiology setting related to safe medication use.


Peggy Bickham, PharmD
Assistant Director, Hospital Pharmacy Specialty and Support Services
Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences Center
Chicago, Illinois

Michael R. Cohen, RPh, MS, ScD (hon), DPS (hon), FASHP
Institute for Safe Medication Practices
Horsham, Pennsylvania

William Faulkner, BS, RT (R) (MR) (CT), FSMRT
William Faulkner and Associates
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Michelle Mandrack, MSN, RN
Director of Consulting Services
Institute for Safe Medication Practices
Horsham, Pennsylvania

Darryl S. Rich, PharmD, MBA, FASHP
Medication Safety Specialist
Institute for Safe Medication Practices
Horsham, Pennsylvania


It is the policy of ISMP and ProCE, Inc. to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all of its continuing education activities. Faculty must disclose to participants the existence of any significant financial interest or any other relationship with the manufacturer of any commercial product(s) discussed in an educational presentation. Peggy Bickham, Michael Cohen, Michelle Mandrack, and Darryl Rich have no relevant commercial and/or financial relationships to disclose. William Faulkner has received financial support as a consultant/speaker for Bracco Diagnostics.

Please note: The opinions expressed in this activity should not be construed as those of the CME/CE provider. The information and views are those of the faculty through clinical practice and knowledge of the professional literature. Portions of this activity may include unlabeled indications. Use of drugs and devices outside of labeling should be considered experimental and participants are advised to consult prescribing information and professional literature.

CE Accreditation

Release Date: 02-29-2016
Expiration Date: 02-28-2018


This CE activity is jointly provided by ProCE, Inc. and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP). ProCE is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. ACPE Universal Activity Number 0221-9999-16-023-H05-P has been assigned to this knowledge-based, home-study activity. This CE activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours (0.20 CEU) in states that recognize ACPE providers, and is provided at no cost to participants. Completion of an evaluation and post-test with a score of 70% or higher is required to receive CE credit. CE credit will be uploaded to NABP/CPE Monitor. No partial credit will be given.

Radiologic Technologists

Approved by the ASRT for Category A continuing education credit.


This activity is supported by an educational grant from Bracco Diagnostics.


The material presented in this CE activity does not reflect the views of ProCE, Inc. or the commercial sponsor. These materials may discuss uses and dosages for therapeutic products, processes, procedures and inferred diagnoses that have not been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration. A qualified health care professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product discussed. All readers and continuing education participants should verify all information and data before treating patients or employing any therapies described in this continuing education activity.

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