What can I do? - Parents
Radiologists Technologists Medical Physicists
Be your child's advocate. If you only know one thing about CT scans in children, let it be that there is a growing awareness of the opportunities to lower and limit dose in the CT imaging of children without compromising the diagnostic quality. Ask questions and then point your pediatrician or community radiologist to these pages.
New! two informational brochures: What Parents Should Know about CT Scans for Children (2-pages) and What Parents should know about Medical Radiation Safety (8-pages) which discuss the issue in greater depth.
Note to Physicians and other caregivers: The documents posted below may be downloaded and reproduced at your institution. You may affix your logo with the designation: "printed courtesy of X."
Eight-page brochure Two-page brochure
NEW! “My Child’s Medical Imaging Record”for tracking the date, type of exam and where the study was performed
- Helpful to both care-providers and parents: tracking the number of radiologic studies children are exposed to helps inform treating physicians of recent similar exams, helping them to decide if exams are necessary. Tracking the number of exams and location where the images are stored can be helpful in alerting families and their care providers to the issue of radiation safety.
Similar to an immunization record, use your choice of record size to record where and when a study was performed. This is particularly important when medical care is provided by a variety of physicians/ emergency rooms/ hospitals and can help decrease the number of repetitive exams.
- FAQ's for parents
What are the typical dose levels in pediatric radiology? (RPoP website - IAEA)
RadiologyInfo.org- the informational website for patients
- Parent Information Pamphlet - courtesy of Dr. David Larson of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and Dr. Scott Rader of the Children's Hospital of Denver
- Should I get a CT scan?
- An expert in radiation safety gives his opinion about CT use in adults and children.