What can I do as a Referring Physician?

Just as you do now, be every child's advocate.

Learn more about the diagnostic and therapeutic uses of medical radiation:

Digital Radiography (X-ray)

The Image Gently Digital Radiography writer's group has created the below parent brochure entitled "X-rays for Children:  What Parents Should Know About Radiation Protection in Medical Imaging".  This full color brochure was designed to be printed locally and distributed to parents and patients.  Click below to download this valuable resource now.







Computed Tomography (CT)

If you only know one thing about CT scans in children, let it be that there is a growing awareness of the opportunities to lower and limit dose in the CT imaging of children without compromising the diagnostic quality. Encourage parents to ask questions and then point them to these pages.  Two informational brochures:

Fluoroscopy FAQs for Medical Professionals

Fluoroscopy FAQs for Parents/Patients

Fluoroscopic procedures help us save kids' lives!

But, when we image patients, radiation matters!
Children are more sensitive to radiation.
What we do now lasts their lifetimes

Image kids with care:

  • Pause and child-size the technique
  • Use the lowest Pulse rate possible.
  • Consider ultrasound or MRI when possible. 

Procedures


Parent brochures developed by:

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center/ University of Cincinnati School of Medicine:
Robyn Gebhard, BS, lead 
Marilyn Goske, MD 
Shelia Salisbury 
Dianne Hater 
Catherine Leopard 
Steven J Kraus, MD 
Jan Warren, illustrations  







Click on the links below for the version of the informational brochure you prefer.

 

For tracking the date, type of exam and where the  study was performed:


Helpful to both care-providers and parents: tracking the number of radiologic studies children are exposed to helps inform treating physicians of recent similar exams, helping  them to decide if exams are necessary. Tracking the number of exams and location where  the images are stored can be helpful in alerting families and their care providers to the issue  of radiation safety.  Similar to an immunization record, use your choice of record size  to record where and when a study was performed. This is particularly important when medical care is provided by a variety of physicians/ emergency rooms/ hospitals and can  help decrease the number of repetitive exams. Two convenient sizes are available for download to the right.