On May 7, 2017, the Image Gently Alliance launched its eighth major campaign seeking to enhance safe and effective use of ionizing radiation for medical imaging in children. The Have-A-Heart campaign’s focus was on medical imaging in children with congenital and acquired heart disease and, consistent with previous Image Gently campaigns, brought together experts from multiple disciplines with a primary focus on education.
Congenital heart disease is the most common birth defect, affecting an estimated one million children living in the United States [1, 2]. Acquired heart diseases affect an additional 1 of every 100,000 children annually [3. Although heart diseases span the spectrum of medical complexity, many are associated with high morbidity; prolonged and expensive hospitalizations; need for multiple, complex palliative surgeries; and lifelong medical needs. [Read more….]