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Recommendation For Pediatricians To Reduce Radiation During CT Scans.

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CT_children_2Computed Tomography (CT) scans has been one of the significantly important medical imaging techniques. The procedure provides highly-detailed images that help doctors in diagnosing a wide range of diseases. However, there are concerns about the safety of CT scans as they include delivering radiation to patients in order to generate the required images. Realizing the risks of radiation exposure, state Health Commissioner Dr. Richard Daines and Dr. Howard A. Freed, director of the department's Center for Environmental Health has recently sent mails to 16,000 pediatricians in New York. The mails included recommendations on how to reduce radiation exposure during CT scans carried out on children.

CT radiaiton exposure and "Image Gently"

Moreover, Information regarding the national "Image Gently" campaign was also included in the mails. The campaign aims to reduce radiation exposure during CT procedures carried out on pediatric patients.  The mails suggested pediatricians to start using a record-keeping card that includes data about the radiation doses delivered to their patients. Reports show that the use of CT scans has significantly increased during the last 30 years. The procedure is considered as the main cause of medical radiation exposure. Data from the US Health Department showed the annual number of CT procedures "has grown from 3 million scans in 1980 to 62 million in 2006. Approximately 7 million CT exams are performed on children each year." Another article written by Dr. David J. Brenner, Columbia University, in New England Journal (November 2007) estimated that medical radiation exposure can elevate the risk for developing cancers in the future by 2%.


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