Radiation, Risks, and … a Rational Approach in Diagnostic Imaging: What the Radiology Team Should Know
© 2016 Association for Radiologic & Imaging Nursing Medical imaging that uses ionizing radiation is extremely valuable in patient care at all ages. However, because radiation is used, patients, parents, and other caregivers may have questions and even concerns about the possibility of risk, especially as there are unique considerations when imaging children. These questions and concerns are often directed at those most involved in direct patient engagement in radiology practices, especially nurses and technologists. Because of this, there is a need for informed discussions (including access to resources) about the amount of radiation used, potential risks, and general strategies for examination optimization. The manner in which these discussions ensue is also important. This balance of content and delivery style can be most effective in reassuring those we care for.
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