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Paediatric radiation protection: the dose in the firing line

As their body is small, and their organs in full development, children are particularly sensitive to the risks relating to ionizing radiation. This is why it is necessary to reduce the doses used during diagnostic radiology examinations and in computed tomography. Beyond good medical practices and justification for such procedures, optimising medical examinations implies better knowledge of the doses dispensed and of the risks to which patients are actually exposed.

What doses? What risks?

On average, children receive less than 0.35 millisievert per year in medical radiology (1). A reassuring figure that all the same requires monitoring.

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Behind the scenes of dose reduction

Ever better : Optimising paediatric radiology protocols on a daily basis relies on significant work upstream, whether it is a matter of processing data to reflect actual practice or leading epidemiological studies.

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Common efforts of all key-players means one step forwards

Everyone plays a role in dose reduction: doctors, radiologists, technicians, patients, constructors and, in the backdrop, experts.

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