What You Need to Know about X-rays and CT scans
Patients today have access to a range of imaging tools to help diagnose an injury, such as a broken bone, or identify the source of illness. Two of these tools, X-rays and computed tomography (CT) scans (sometimes called "CAT" scans), are highly effective for generating pictures of the body.
Because these techniques use radiation to create the images, it is important to have your scans performed at a facility that is committed to safe, high-quality imaging. It is especially important when the patient is a child.
A Pledge to “Image Gently”
The Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging, a health care coalition, created the “Image Gently” campaign to encourage professionals in the imaging community to adjust the radiation dose when imaging children.
Lancaster General Health has maintained a long-standing policy of mindful dosing and was pleased to pledge its commitment to “Image Gently” — ensuring that children and adults are scanned using the safest measures possible.
The pledge is based on:
imaging when there is a clear medical benefit
using the lowest amount of radiation for adequate imaging based on the size of the child
imaging only the indicated area
avoiding multiple scans
using alternative diagnostic studies, such as ultrasound or MRI, when possible.
To download your Imaging Dose Record, click here to submit a request.
Parents can find additional information at www.imagegently.org