Radiation dose management for pediatric cardiac computed tomography: a report from the Image Gently ‘Have-A-Heart’ campaign

Cynthia K. Rigsby*, Sarah E. McKenney, Kevin D. Hill, Anjali Chelliah, Andrew J. Einstein, B. Kelly Han, Joshua D. Robinson, Christina L. Sammet, Timothy C. Slesnick, Donald P. Frush

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Children with congenital or acquired heart disease can be exposed to relatively high lifetime cumulative doses of ionizing radiation from necessary medical imaging procedures including radiography, fluoroscopic procedures including diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterizations, electrophysiology examinations, cardiac computed tomography (CT) studies, and nuclear cardiology examinations. Despite the clinical necessity of these imaging studies, the related ionizing radiation exposure could pose an increased lifetime attributable cancer risk. The Image Gently “Have-A-Heart” campaign is promoting the appropriate use of medical imaging studies in children with congenital or acquired heart disease while minimizing radiation exposure. The focus of this manuscript is to provide a comprehensive review of radiation dose management and CT performance in children with congenital or acquired heart disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-20
Number of pages16
JournalPediatric radiology
Volume48
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

Keywords

  • Children
  • Computed tomography
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Heart
  • Radiation safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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