Steven Birnbaum, M.D.

Radiologist, Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinic, Manchester, NH

Steven Birnbaum is a general radiologist specializing in cross-sectional imaging, interventional radiology and breast imaging who has been in general, community practice since 1984 in southern New Hampshire. As a general radiologist, he saw first hand the rapid increase in the utilization of CT with the advent of helical, multidetector CT. In 2005, after his daughter was involved in a serious pedestrian accident, he then saw the potential dangers of profligate use of CT in a family member.

He was moved to action and began educating colleagues and referring providers to the potential dangers involved in unchecked radiation exposure, particularly to young patients. He devised a system for monitoring and limiting repeated CT exposure in younger patients in a community hospital setting with benign chronic conditions. Dr. Birnbaum has been the author of 4 single author papers on this topic, given over 50 lectures across the country on various aspects of radiation safety and was a member of the American College of Radiology Blue Ribbon Panel on Radiation Dose in Medicine which produced a White Paper on this topic in 2008. He is currently a staff radiologist at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinic in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Dr. Birnbaum's Lectures

Radiation Safety in the ERA of Multidetector Helical CT

Select Publications

  1. Logerfo, P. Birnbaum, S. et al, "Thyroglobulin and Thyroid Cancer", Cancer Reviews 3: 128-5-129, 1976
  2. Gale, E., Birnbaum, S. et al, "Esophageal Invasion by Lung Cancer: C.T. Diagnosis", Journal of Computerized Axial Tomography 8: 78-85, 1985.
  3. Gale, E., Birnbaum, S., et al, "C.T. Appearance of Appendicitis and Its Local Complications", Journal of Computerized Axial Tomography 9: 34-37, 1985.
  4. Carney, P., Goodrich, M., O'Mahony, D., Tosteson, A., Eliassen, M.S., Poplack, S.,Birnbaum, S., et al, "Mammography in New Hampshire: Characteristics of the Women and the Exams They Receive", Journal of Community Health 25: 183-198, 2004.
  5. Amis, S., Butler, P., Applegate, K., Birnbaum, S., et al, "American College of Radiology White Paper on Radiation Dose in Medicine", Journal of the American College of Radiology 4: 272-284, 2007.
  6. Birnbaum, S., "Helical CT: Too Much of a Good Thing", British Medical Journal 334: 1006, 2007.
  7. Birnbaum, S., "Radiation Safety in the Era of Helical CT: A Patient Based Protection Program Currently in Use in Two Community Hospitals in New Hampshire", Journal of the American College of Radiology 5: 714-718, 2008.
  8. Birnbaum, S., "Radiation Safety in the Era of Helical CT: Protecting Patients from Excessive Radiation Exposure", Seminars in CT, Ultrasound and MRI 31: 46-52, 2010.
  9. Birnbaum, S., "Counterpoint: Cumulative Dose Estimates Rationally Used Have a Distinct Role in Patient Management and Care", Journal of the American College of Radiology 9: 486-487, 2012.
  10. Birnbaum, S., "CT Dose Optimization: The General Radiologist's Perspective," Submitted for Publication.