Child Imaging Safety: Who & how

 

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The WFPI is a member of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging and is an active participant in the Image Gently campaign helping to build a framework for addressing international child imaging safety needs. This group will address radiation safety as a priority. In collaboration with other international experts and under Image Gently’s stewardship, this group will aim to:

  • Support Image Gently and the work of other societies and agencies throughout the world in the goal of promoting radiation protection for children worldwide
  • Federate WFPI patient safety experts with Image Gently’s international group to secure Image Gently input into WFPI focus areas such as radiation safety and region-specific recommendations on radiation protection for children. 

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NEW - campaign just launched - Image Gently in Dentistry


Image Gently/the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging is now reaching out to the Dental Community with a new campaign message:

IMAGE GENTLY IN DENTISTRY

Along with dental professionals who wish to optimize the radiation dose used in dental imaging exams performed on children, the campaign message is simple: When performing dental exams on children: 



• Select X-rays for individual needs, not as a routine. Use X-rays only when essential for diagnosis and treatment — based on a review of the patient and their dental history. 

• Use the fastest image receptor available. When film X-ray is used, select “E”- or “F”-speed. Set exposure parameters as low as possible for diagnostic digital imaging.

• Use cone-beam CT (CBCT) only when necessary. CBCT should be restricted in children to cases in which it is essential for diagnosis and treatment planning.

• Collimate beam to area of interest. For intraoral X-rays, collimation should be rectangular to match recording area of detector. For extraoral X-rays, including cone-beam CT, restrict beam to the area needed for diagnosis.

• Always use thyroid shield. The thyroid gland in children is particularly sensitive to radiation. Use of a properly positioned shield significantly reduces the dose to the thyroid. 

• Child-size the exposure time. Less exposure time needed for children as oral structures are smaller than in adults.



Share this message with your friends and colleagues in the dental community (and with your dentist!). 



The Image Gently Web site (www.imagegently.org) always contains the latest research and educational materials to help imaging providers determine the appropriate radiation techniques to use in the imaging of children, as well as helpful protocols for you to follow at your facility.




ACR - Child-sizing CT dose: optimizing patient care through quality improvement

NEW from the American College of Radiology (ACR)

 

Expand your knowledge of pediatric CT with this FREE interactive case module

Developed and offered by the ACR, the Child-sizing CT Dose: Optimizing Patient Care through Quality Improvement case provides a 360° overview of the latest concepts and practices in radiation dose monitoring for child CT scans.  Whether you are a general or pediatric radiologist, radiologic technologist or medical physicist, this case-based learning activity will provide you with an inside look at concepts related to radiation risk and the relationship of image quality to patient dose.  And as an added benefit, participants will earn continuing education credits – free of charge.

Important Note:  While there is no charge to participate in this educational activity, for CE credit tracking and reporting purposes you will be redirected to the ACR website to log in (or create a login) and add the free module to your shopping cart for immediate access.

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