Letter From the Editor: Pediatric Imaging and Radiation Safety

Jannette Collins, MD, MEd, FCCP, FACR (Editor)

Before 2001, most pediatric imaging was conducted by use of the same or similar techniques used for adult imaging.1 In 2001, several investigators reported that this approach was not necessary and resulted in estimated radiation doses to children to be as much as 3 times that given to an adult.2, 3, 4 The Image Gently Campaign was launched in January 2008 as an initiative of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging. The goal of Image Gently was to change practice by increasing awareness of the opportunities to lower radiation dose in the imaging of children. Answer the following questions to test your awareness of computed tomography (CT) and radiation safety.
1. Approximately how many CT examinations are performed each year on children?
A 1,000,000

B 3,000,000

C 5,000,000

D 7,000,000

2. How much has pediatric CT volume increased since 2005-2006?
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