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Many children will never need medical imaging; some may require an X-ray for a broken bone, but a few will require more extensive imaging.
For those few, there is no question that medical imaging can help save the lives of sick children, but it is also important for parents and physicians to be mindful of the radiation dose kids receive.
In order to facilitate parental decisions, the S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center is participating in the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging's "Image Gently" campaign.
The campaign is designed to inform parents and physicians about the risks and benefits of medical imaging in children, and to help imaging facilities make the radiation dose "as low as reasonably achievable."
At the S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center we have a fellowship-trained pediatric radiologist on staff as well as medical physicists who supervise imaging protocols and work to ensure that the least possible dose of radiation is used to effectively image our young patients.
For parents interested in more information about the "Image Gently" campaign, visit the campaign's website.
The Image Gently campaign has created a brochure to help parents make informed decisions. Click here to download (pdf.)
You can also download a printable record card, which assists a parent in keeping track of a child's imaging procedures. The card is available in wallet size and full-page size.
Cartoon mural and playroom in pediatric section of Cedars-Sinai.
The S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center provides a full range of advanced imaging, both radiology and cardiology, as well as interventional radiology and interventional tumor (oncology) treatments to the greater Los Angeles area, including Beverly Hills, Encino, Mid-Cities, Sherman Oaks, Silver Lake, Studio City, Toluca Lake, and West Hollywood.