E5333. Sustainability in Radiology: A Team Approach
  1. Seyedeh Niloufar Rafiei Alavi; University of California, Irvine
  2. Julie Limfueco; University of California, Irvine
  3. Randall Yamamoto; University of California, Irvine
  4. Vahid Yaghmai; University of California, Irvine
Radiology significantly contributes to healthcare's environmental impact, responsible for about 10% of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. The energy-intensive nature of imaging devices like CT and MRI machines, coupled with their life cycle impact, underscores the need for sustainable practices. This exhibit chronicles our team's holistic approach to achieving radiology sustainability and its environmental implications.

Educational Goals / Teaching Points
This exhibit serves as an educational platform to spotlight the environmental considerations in radiology practices. Attendees will gain insights into the ecological consequences of imaging technologies and learn about strategies for fostering sustainable radiology. By delving into specific techniques and innovations, the exhibit aims to equip attendees with the knowledge to make informed decisions for greener radiology practices.

Key Anatomic/Physiologic Issues and Imaging Findings/Techniques
Our department has undertaken three sustainability initiatives as a team approach to maximize the sustainability of radiology practice. Sustainability impact of multidose contrast injector: we delve into the sustainability advantages of a multidose contrast injector system, which efficiently reduces daily contrast and saline waste. By embracing this approach, radiology facilities can significantly minimize resource consumption and waste generation, fostering greener practices. Sustainability impact of portable brain MRI machines: portable MRI devices operating on standard electric outlets showcase impressive ecological benefits. These devices conserve energy and expedite patient transfers, enhancing patient care and reducing environmental strain. Ecological advantages of new CT scanner designs: the exhibit highlights novel CT scanner designs prioritizing energy efficiency and resource conservation. With substantial reductions in energy consumption and materials that are largely recyclable, these scanners exemplify the potential of innovative design in radiology's quest for sustainability.

Recognizing the ecological impact of radiology practices is paramount to the larger healthcare ecosystem. By adopting sustainable approaches, radiology professionals can contribute to reducing the industry's carbon footprint. Moreover, sustainable practices can lead to more efficient resource utilization, improved patient care, and cost savings, aligning environmental stewardship with clinical excellence. Radiology stands at the crossroads of healthcare and sustainability. This exhibit's journey illustrates radiology's vital role in addressing environmental concerns. By integrating greener practices and innovative technologies, radiology professionals can lead the charge toward a more ecologically responsible healthcare landscape. This shift mitigates radiology's environmental impact and aligns with patient-centered care and the broader goal of a sustainable future.