Parents, UVA Radiology and Medical Imaging is proud to be a part of the Image Gently campaign. We know that children are not just little adults, and we’re working to protect our pediatric patients every day. We believe it is important to hold to the practice of imaging children gently.
Imaging Children Gently
When it comes to radiation, one size does not fit all. Because they are rapidly growing and developing, children require a gentler touch when it comes to radiation. Radiation dosages depend partially on the patient’s size. We work hard at UVA to make sure that kids do not receive the same doses of radiation as adults.
The Image Gently Alliance is a campaign diligently working to improve safety and effectiveness of pediatric medical imaging. The Alliance unites healthcare organizations that strive to image children the best they can with as little radiation as possible.
At UVA Radiology and Medical Imaging, we are concerned with the safety and well-being of our pediatric patients. This is why we abide by Image Gently’s guidelines to:
These guidelines apply to exams like X-rays and CT scans where children receive radiation. Whenever possible though, we try to use exams that don’t use radiation such as MRI and Ultrasound.
Infographic Text: Image Gently’s Guidelines
Image Gently’s Guidelines:
Image only the necessary body part
Position the child correctly so there’s only one scan needed
Properly shield the child from excess radiation
Adjust the exam for the child’s size
Image from an appropriate distance