Radiation dose management for pediatric cardiac computed tomography: a report from the Image Gently 'Have-A-Heart' campaign.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Children with congenital or acquired heart disease can be exposed to relatively high lifetime cumulative doses of ionizing radiation from necessary medical imaging procedures including radiography, fluoroscopic procedures including diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterizations, electrophysiology examinations, cardiac computed tomography (CT) studies, and nuclear cardiology examinations. Despite the clinical necessity of these imaging studies, the related ionizing radiation exposure could pose an increased lifetime attributable cancer risk. The Image Gently "Have-A-Heart" campaign is promoting the appropriate use of medical imaging studies in children with congenital or acquired heart disease while minimizing radiation exposure. The focus of this manuscript is to provide a comprehensive review of radiation dose management and CT performance in children with congenital or acquired heart disease.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rigsby, CK; McKenney, SE; Hill, KD; Chelliah, A; Einstein, AJ; Han, BK; Robinson, JD; Sammet, CL; Slesnick, TC; Frush, DP

Published Date

  • January 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 48 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 5 - 20

PubMed ID

  • 29292481

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC6230472

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1432-1998

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s00247-017-3991-x


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Germany