You may have noticed increased public awareness of radiation risks and efforts to reduce radiation exposure in medical imaging — especially in children.
As a pediatric radiologist, it is my responsibility to consider the risks and benefits of all imaging tests and keep the radiation dose as low as possible for each patient. I take this responsibility seriously and ask myself each day, “How would I tailor the test if this child was my own?”
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin has one of the nation’s leading radiology programs for children. We also participate in the Image Gently Campaign, helping to promote ways to achieve the lowest radiation exposures while maintaining high image quality. Our goal is to make sure each child receives the right test, in the right place, at the right time.
We use radiation equipment adjusted specially for children to ensure the lowest radiation dose to your child during an exam. We also review every exam before performing it and keep track of our patients’ radiation exposure over time.
We consider the benefit of a more detailed image, which can result in higher radiation exposure, against a not-so-clear image that still has good diagnostic information, but lower radiation exposure. The more information our radiologist has about your child’s symptoms, the more tailored the exam.
If your child needs an imaging exam, here are five questions you should ask your doctor:
Be sure to read our answers to these important questions.