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AAPM CARES is an engaged community of stakeholders committed to Communicating Advances in Radiation Education for Shielding (CARES). In April of 2019, the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) released a position statement outlining reasons for limiting the routine use of fetal and gonadal shielding in medical imaging. Recognizing that removing patient shielding from routine use is a substantial shift in existing clinical practice, AAPM formed a committee to bring together stakeholders to discuss potential changes in the use of patient shielding. The Ad Hoc Committee includes members from over 14 professional organizations around the globe, representing medical and health physicists; radiologic technologists and organizations that oversee educational programs for radiologic technologists; radiologists; and state regulators.

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