Pediatric Radiology

, 41:611

Image Gently: Challenges for radiologic technologists when performing digital radiography in children

  • Marilyn J. Goske
  • Ellen Charkot
  • Tracy Herrmann
  • Susan D. John
  • Thalia T. Mills
  • Gregory Morrison
  • Susan N. Smith
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DOI: 10.1007/s00247-010-1957-3

Cite this article as:
Goske, M.J., Charkot, E., Herrmann, T. et al. Pediatr Radiol (2011) 41: 611. doi:10.1007/s00247-010-1957-3

Abstract

The development of digital radiography (DR) has provided numerous benefits for pediatric imaging, including the ability to post-process images and to make images immediately available for access by care providers. However, DR presents several significant challenges for the radiologic technologists who are responsible for operating the equipment and producing high-quality images in children. This paper discusses those challenges, including lack of standardization among vendors, particularly with regard to the exposure indicator; lack of pediatric-specific educational materials and pediatric techniques; the need for manual technique instead of the use of automatic exposure control in smaller children; and complications related to field size, collimation and shielding in small children. Specific actions and design modifications that might facilitate the effective management of these challenges will be also described. The implementation of measures to promote the production of optimal images while minimizing radiation exposure requires cooperation and communication among imaging professionals, manufacturers and regulatory agencies.

Keywords

Digital radiography Radiologic technologists Pediatric Education Training 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marilyn J. Goske
    • 1
  • Ellen Charkot
    • 2
  • Tracy Herrmann
    • 3
  • Susan D. John
    • 4
  • Thalia T. Mills
    • 5
  • Gregory Morrison
    • 6
  • Susan N. Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyCincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical CenterCincinnatiUSA
  2. 2.Diagnostic Imaging and Vascular AccessThe Hospital for Sick ChildrenTorontoCanada
  3. 3.Radiologic Technology Program Allied Health DepartmentUniversity of Cincinnati Raymond Walters CollegeBlue AshUSA
  4. 4.Diagnostic Imaging and PediatricsUniversity of Texas Houston Medical SchoolHoustonUSA
  5. 5.FDA Center for Devices and Radiological HealthSilver SpringUSA
  6. 6.American Society of Radiologic TechnologistsAlbuquerqueUSA

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