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Benefits of CT Scans in Children Must Be Balanced Against Risks
Date:6/13/2013

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  •     Evaluating certain tumors or serious infections in the neck tissue that could press on the airway and make it suddenly hard to breathe.
  •     Evaluating intra-abdominal injuries, spine fractures or chest injuries
  •     Evaluating the response to treatment in children who already have certain types of cancer.
  •     Looking at bone detail, such as evaluating the tiny bones in the ear or fractures that are hard to define.
  •     Looking at complex lung malformations or chronic lung disease
  •     Evaluating for complications of certain types of bowel disease.
  • “At Dayton Children’s we constantly seek to learn new and better ways to image children keeping their health and welfare above all else,” says Ey. “We consider each child and their condition individually in order to perform the most appropriate imaging study.”

    The radiologists at Dayton Children’s are early adopters of the Image Gently pledge which promises to take certain steps to reduce the amount of radiation used on patients. In order to ensure safe imaging of our patients Dayton Children’s:

    •     Requires all radiologists to be certified by the American Board of Radiology and have taken the Image Gently pledge
    •     Uses child-size radiation doses and follows American College of Radiology’s “Imaging Gently” guidelines
    •     Works together with a child’s physician to ensure the correct procedure to minimize radiation. We may suggest an alternate way to image the child first without radiation if possible.
    •     Scans only through the indicated area of the body when CT is the
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