Reducing pediatric radiation dose by nearly 60 percent

Screen Shot 2015-11-06 at 10_FotorLocated in Kansas City, Missouri, the state-of-theart 335-bed facility recently purchased a DX-G CR solution that allows it to reduce radiation dose by 57% compared to its previous CR system. The hospital’s 600-plus pediatricians and researchers are actively involved in clinical care, pediatric research and education. In addition to its primary facility, Children’s Mercy serves the community and the greater Midwest with outpatient facilities and outreach clinics throughout the city, county and surrounding communities.

Challenges of providing care for babies born prematurely Neonatal radiography of premature infants is one of the most demanding areas of radiography, according to Dr. James C. Brown, Chairman of the Radiology Department at Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, one of the nation’s top pediatric medical centers, and Associate Professor of Radiology at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine. “Because the patient is so small, radiographic contrast is low and it is difficult to visualize details,” he says. “Yet we still want to use the lowest possible radiation dose because in some cases, premature infants may receive 30 to 40 exposures over the course of their treatment.”

Read the case study to learn how Children’s Mercy reduced pediatric radiation dosage.

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