Radiation Considerations

Be Your Child's Advocate

Talk to your child's doctor and ask questions such as:

1. Could a non-radiation imaging test be just as useful for my child's situation?

2. Does the facility scheduled to perform the diagnostic scan use radiation dose reduction techniques when scanning children? The imaging facility should be able to provide you with information detailing how they reduce radiation doses.

3. Will I be able to go with my child into the scanner room?

 4. Does the facility have an American College of Radiology accreditation? Be sure to also ask whether the technologists have credentials, and if the person interpreting the test is a board-certified radiologist or pediatric radiologist.