Radiology's Role in Sustainable Medical Imaging

Radiologists can do much to lessen the specialty's substantial environmental impact

Radiology’s impact on the environment is a good news, bad news proposition.

First, the bad news. Radiology departments consume a considerable amount of energy and generate a substantial volume of greenhouse gases, according to recent studies.

The good news? The research reveals promising opportunities to reduce a department’s carbon footprint without sacrificing patient care and safety.

Radiologist's can work with their colleagues to create more sustainable practices in radiology.  These tips can help you get started.   

For More Information

Access the following articles in Radiology:

• “Climate Change and Radiology: Impetus for Change and a Toolkit for Action
• “Radiology and the Climate Crisis: Opportunities and Challenges—Radiology in Training”
• “All Specialties in Radiology Must Address the Climate Crisis

Read previous RSNA News stories on climate change:

RSNA Radiology and Sustainability Infographic