Pediatric Computed Tomography (CT) Scans, Radiation, and Risks: Having an Informed Dialogue

Originally presented on June 18, 2015

Speaker:
Donald P. Frush, MD, FACR, FAAP
Professor of Radiology and Pediatrics; Vice Chair of Quality, Safety and Strategic Vision; and Faculty, Medical Physics Graduate Program
Duke University School of Medicine

Diagnostic capabilities through computed tomography (CT) have become ever more expanded as CT technology and availability have increased. Yet the expanded use of CT has moved forward arguably without commensurate attention to the potential risk of cancer associated with the levels of radiation that overlap with those from CT. Driven by its potential benefit for rapid and more concrete diagnosis, doctors, and their patients may not adequately understand the radiation exposure from CT or be able to discuss what is known and what is speculated related to risk from this level of radiation. This program will review these issues and discuss an initiative to help increase awareness especially through education of clinicians, their patients, and caregivers about a more measured and balanced understanding of use of CT for diagnosis. Learning Objectives After watching this webcast participants will be able to: Describe pediatric radiation dose resulting from CT relative to other radiation exposures. Identify dose management strategies for CT. Recognize strategies for discussing salient information on potential radiation risks from medical imaging with patients and families.

Learning Objectives 
After watching this webcast participants will be able to:

  • Describe pediatric radiation dose resulting from CT relative to other radiation exposures.
  • Identify dose management strategies for CT.
  • Recognize strategies for discussing salient information on potential radiation risks from medical imaging with patients and families.   

The planners, moderator, and presenters do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.


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