Pediatric imaging is a very tricky and needs more attention type of procedure since it involves young patients. Extra care and extra effort are usually demanded when dealing in such. Also in these examinations a parent or an adult significant others must be with the patient at all times.
In pediatric imaging ALARA (As Low as Reasonably Achievable) must be strictly implemented. It means factors for exposing must be kept at the lowest minimum technique possible and avoid repeat or taking unnecessary images especially in X-rays & CT-scan. Though in MRI and Ultrasound does not use any Ionizing radiation, it must still be regulated strictly.
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There are several reasons why these patients are sent to undergo Pediatric Radiology Procedure some of the most common includes:
Due to high energy, fear, curiosity, playfulness & inability to follow instruction properly, a parent or an adult significant other is required to stay and to help in giving instruction or help in restraining patients while performing the examination. This usually is applicable to X-ray and Ultrasound scan, when performing CT sometimes it helps but in MRI sedation is mostly required.
Pediatric Imaging with Sedation, it means giving the patient a medication orally or through injection to help the patient relax and sleep. With this procedure, the pediatric patient will be motionless and imaging can be done smoothly providing quality and useful images for better diagnosis.