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Minimizing and communicating radiation risk in pediatric nuclear medicine.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22393223     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
The value of pediatric nuclear medicine is well established. Pediatric patients are referred to nuclear medicine from nearly all pediatric specialties including urology, oncology, cardiology, gastroenterology, and orthopedics. Radiation exposure is associated with a potential, small, risk of inducing cancer in the patient later in life and is higher in younger patients. Recently, there has been enhanced interest in exposure to radiation from medical imaging. Thus, it is incumbent on practitioners of pediatric nuclear medicine to have an understanding of dosimetry and radiation risk to communicate effectively with their patients and their families. This article reviews radiation dosimetry for radiopharmaceuticals and also CT given the recent proliferation of PET/CT and SPECT/CT. It also describes the scientific basis for radiation risk estimation in the context of pediatric nuclear medicine. Approaches for effective communication of risk to patients' families are discussed. Lastly, radiation dose reduction in pediatric nuclear medicine is explicated.
Frederic H Fahey; S Ted Treves; S James Adelstein
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of nuclear medicine technology     Volume:  40     ISSN:  1535-5675     ISO Abbreviation:  J Nucl Med Technol     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-03-06     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0430303     Medline TA:  J Nucl Med Technol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  13-24     Citation Subset:  IM    
1Division of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, Massachusetts; and.
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