Radiation Considerations

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What Parents Need to Know

When children know what to expect, they feel more in control. Some imaging centers now help educate young children about MRIs and CT scans by role-playing the procedures using dolls and small toy scanners. Studies have shown that these, and similar educational techniques designed for children, can reduce anxiety and often el . . . read more

Children's Sensitivity to Diagnostic Imaging

Many childhood diseases and conditions can be diagnosed using state-of-the-art medical diagnostic imaging equipment, and countless children have benefited from this technology. Still, unnecessary radiation exposure during medical procedures should be avoided whenever possible-and this is particularly true when the patient is a chil . . . read more

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 inf . . . read more

Caregiver's Tips

If you are a caregiver of a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member, you have a challenging role, but it may be helpful to know that you are not alone. According to The National Family Caregivers Association, more than 50 million people in the U.S. provide care for these populations during any given year. read more

Questions for Caregivers Before an Appointment

If you are assisting a friend or loved one who has physical or other challenges through the medical diagnostic imaging process, here are some guidelines to follow and points to consider before you go to your appointment: Is the imaging facility designed to accommodate special needs patients? Ask your doctor. If he or she . . . read more