Children and radiation - what patients need to know

» Should I be concerned about radiation if my child has been prescribed a CT?

As part of the justification process, doctors determine whether the benefits of the CT scan outweigh the risks, and they should be able to explain why your child needs a CT scan. Children’s radiation exposure should be as low as possible because they are more sensitive to radiation than adults and they a longer life ahead of them.

» Should I be concerned about radiation if my child has been prescribed an interventional procedure?

As part of the justification process, doctors determine whether the benefits of the procedure outweigh the risks. The doctor should be able to explain why your child needs the procedure and why other procedures are not suitable. 

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