Radiation Safety in Pediatrics: A New Look at Imaging Practices for Growing Bodies

This presentation from Jesse Courtier, MD, chief of pediatric radiology at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, provides an update on X-ray and CT risks for kids and how protocols have been shaped to minimize harm and maximize diagnostic detail. Courtier explains algorithms for deciding which imaging studies to order, provides graphics that place radiation doses in context for anxious parents, and displays images that show how machine learning is being used to enhance quality. He also discusses the new guidelines that omit gonadal shielding for patients getting radiographs and describes the shielding pitfalls that led to this change.

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