Pediatric Imaging Services
About Our Pediatric Imaging Services
Image Gently: A Promise to Children and their Parents
The Image Gently campaign is an initiative of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging with a goal to change practice by increasing awareness of the opportunities to lower radiation dose in the imaging of children.
Exposure to radiation is part of everyday life. The average person in the U.S. receives a dose of about 3 mSv per year from naturally occurring radioactive materials and cosmic radiation. Take a coast-to-coast roundtrip flight and you've added 0.03 mSv to your dose that year. Because children are more sensitive to radiation, they should have a CT study only if it is essential for making a diagnosis and should not have repeated CT studies unless absolutely necessary. Which is why some progressive Centers, such as the Diagnostic Imaging Center at Riverview have joined the Image Gently campaign.
What is the Image Gently Message?
There's no question: CT helps us save kids' lives! But, when we image, radiation matters! Children are more sensitive to radiation. What we do now lasts their lifetimes. So, when we image, let's image gently:
When CT is the right thing to do:
- Child size the kVp and mA
- One scan (single phase) is often enough
- Scan only the indicated area
How the Diagnostic Imaging Team at Riverview is Involved
At Riverview, all of the CT technologists signed an Image Gently pledge in which they promised to make the image gently message a priority. Additionally, they have reviewed the protocol recommendations and implemented adjustments to the processes where necessary.
What Can Parents Do?
Download our Parent Education Guide to learn more about the campaign and to see the questions and actions you can take if your child requires a CT Scan. This educational piece for parents also explains what our technologists are doing to reduce the risk of radiation.
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