Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Radiation protection in pediatric radiology

Date:
July 5, 2011
Source:
Deutsches Aerzteblatt International
Summary:
The risk to children’s health from X-ray radiation is easy to reduce without compromising diagnostic accuracy, according to new research.

The risk to children's health from X-ray radiation is easy to reduce without compromising diagnostic accuracy. Gerhard Alzen and Gabriele Benz-Bohm describe some ways to achieve this in the current edition of Deutsches Δrzteblatt International.

Related Articles


The radiation risk is higher for children than for adults, as children's tissues have a higher cell division rate, and cells can be damaged during this process. Children's bodies also have a higher water content and therefore absorb more radiation, which can cause damage to their genes.

Pediatric doses of radiation should always comply with the ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable) principle. Radiation-induced damage can be reduced by the selection of an appropriate procedure, the technical specifications of the X-ray machine, use of the shortest possible scan times despite short target times, and the use of modern storage-plate systems. The child being examined can also help ensure that no additional images are needed by lying still, which, as the authors report, sometimes requires fixation devices.

However, one simple and important method of providing radiation protection is the correct use and positioning of layers of lead rubber to protect areas such as the gonads or eyes.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Deutsches Aerzteblatt International. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Journal Reference:

  1. Alzen G, Benz-Bohm G. Radiation protection in pediatric radiology. Dtsch Arztebl Int, 2011; 108(24): 407%u201314 DOI: 10.3238/arztebl.2011.0407

Cite This Page:

Deutsches Aerzteblatt International. "Radiation protection in pediatric radiology." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 5 July 2011. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/07/110704082704.htm>.
Deutsches Aerzteblatt International. (2011, July 5). Radiation protection in pediatric radiology. ScienceDaily. Retrieved January 25, 2015 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/07/110704082704.htm
Deutsches Aerzteblatt International. "Radiation protection in pediatric radiology." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/07/110704082704.htm (accessed January 25, 2015).

Share This


More From ScienceDaily



More Health & Medicine News

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Disneyland Measles Outbreak Spreads To 5 States

Disneyland Measles Outbreak Spreads To 5 States

Newsy (Jan. 24, 2015) — Much of the Disneyland measles outbreak is being blamed on the anti-vaccination movement. The CDC encourages just about everyone get immunized. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Growing Measles Outbreak Worries Calif. Parents

Growing Measles Outbreak Worries Calif. Parents

AP (Jan. 23, 2015) — Public health officials are rushing to contain a measles outbreak that has sickened 70 people across 6 states and Mexico. The AP&apos;s Raquel Maria Dillon has more. (Jan. 23) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Smart Wristband to Shock Away Bad Habits

Smart Wristband to Shock Away Bad Habits

Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Jan. 23, 2015) — A Boston start-up is developing a wristband they say will help users break bad habits by jolting them with an electric shock. Ben Gruber reports. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
This Is What It's Like To Date A Med Student

This Is What It's Like To Date A Med Student

BuzzFeed (Jan. 23, 2015) — Dating is now speed-dating... or studying. Video provided by BuzzFeed
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
 
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:  

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories

 

Health & Medicine

Mind & Brain

Living & Well

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:  

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile iPhone Android Web
Follow Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins