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Tower has pledged to "Image Gently" providing safe, high quality Pediatric Imaging! Click here to read more!

Last updated 7 years ago

 "The Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging –  the Image Gently Alliance  -is a coalition of health care organizations dedicated to providing safe, high quality pediatric imaging nationwide. The primary objective of the Alliance is to raise awareness in the imaging community of the need to adjust radiation dose when imaging children."
(Q&A Source: ( http://www.pedrad.org/associations/5364/ig/)

Click on the exam links below to get more info on Pediatric Radiology procedures and protocols from the Image Gently  website:

CT
Fluoroscopy

Interventional
Nuclear Medicine

 

Below is a list of great questions and answers regrading Pedatric Imaging straight from the Image Gently Website. 

How can I minimize radiation risk to my child?

There are ways to ensure that your child is exposed to the smallest amount of radiation possible during an imaging study.

The Image Gently Campaign is promoting optimal scanning strategies for children and they are listed below:

  • Image when there is a clear medical benefit
  • Use the lowest amount of radiation for adequate imaging based on size of the child
  • Image only the indicated area
  • Avoid multiple scans
  • Use alternative diagnostic studies (such as ultrasound or MRI) when possible

If my child’s doctor requests a CT scan, should I let it be done?

As with any medical procedure, benefit of the exam should always outweigh any risk. CT scans are a very valuable imaging technique that can improve medical care and diagnose some illnesses that no other tests can. CT scans can help determine the best treatment options, avoid other tests or surgery, and improve health outcomes. It is important to remember that if your child faces a serious illness that requires a CT scan, you should have no reluctance about having the exam. The benefits often clearly outweigh the risks to your child. If CT is the best test, ask if your imaging provider uses appropriate low dose techniques to minimize radiation exposure.

How can I be sure that my imaging facility is using appropriate reduced radiation techniques?

Some facilities that perform CT scans on adults may not use radiation dose reduction techniques when scanning children. You won’t know unless you ask and it is reasonable and within your rights to ask. Your imaging provider should be able to provide you with information about how they reduce radiation doses. You should also ask if the facility is accredited in CT by the American College of Radiology.

What are the alternatives to CT? 

CT scans may be the best way to get the imaging information needed to make clinical decisions about the care for your child.  At times your doctor may decide it is safer to simply observe your child before committing them to a CT scan.  Waiting may be difficult for you and your family, but may result in the same outcome without exposing your child to unnecessary radiation.  Ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are imaging techniques that do not use radiation. Sometimes these imaging methods can provide similar diagnostic information and can be useful alternatives. MRI, a long exam, may require sedation which carries its own risks. CT scans may be the only way to get the information needed to make clinical decisions about the care best for your child. You should ask your doctor and radiologist whether alternative exams are appropriate for your child’s situation.

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