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Reduction in radiation exposure to children from Computerised Tomography (CT) scans

This project is a recent collaboration with the Australian Commission on Safety & Quality in Healthcare with the aim to Reduce Radiation Exposure to Children from CT Scans (RIRECCT's)

CT scanning is a modality in the suite of diagnostic tools available for radiographers to use.

These modules will provide radiographers that are not consistently scanning paediatric patients, access to information that will assist refresh and build upon foundation knowledge.

This level/range of technical information has been provided as a reference for radiographers in the hope that we can raise awareness of the resources available to assist parents / carers, referrers and reduce unwarranted x-ray dose to our most vulnerable patients.


PAEDCT MODULE 1
THE SENSITIVITY OF CHILDREN TO RADIATION
by Australian Institute of Radiography

The paediatric patient is extremely susceptible to radiation. Information is provided which overviews radiation and its interactions with the paediatric patient, including information relating to how sensitive children are to the levels of radiation dose being utilised in CT scanning.

This module enables recognition of the radiation interactions and its effects on the paediatric patient and ways in which to reduce the dose to achieve the best image possible for diagnostic purposes.

PAEDCT MODULE 2
JUSTIFICATION FOR CT AND CONTRAST MEDIA
by Australian Institute of Radiography

CT imaging is a modality used for its diagnostic accuracy, higher image quality and rapid turnaround. An overview of the justification for paediatric CT scanning is provided, to assist radiographers recognize when it is suitable to undertake any form of CT scanning in a paediatric patient and when it is appropriate to integrate this into the patient management plan.

PAEDCT MODULE 3
COMMUNICATION AND MANAGING CHILDREN, PARENTS AND THEIR CARERS.
by Australian Institute of Radiography

Successful examinations require clear, concise communication from radiographers to the parents / carers and the paediatric patient. Resources, tips and tricks are provided detailing techniques to assist in communicating with children ranging from 0 - 18 years in order to produce quality imaging.

Information is also provided to assist patients / carers and referrers learn about CT dose risks to paediatric patients and the processes of informed consent with respects to CT scanning.

PAEDCT MODULE 4
APPROPRIATE REDUCTION OF RADIATION DOSE FROM CT IN CHILDREN - OPTIMIZATION.
by Australian Institute of Radiography

This series concludes with an overview of CT systems and dose levels in CT with the focus on optimization of image quality and patient dose in paediatric CT.

Foundation concepts are revised with resources to assist in achieving the best image possible for the paediatric patient.