As is readily apparent, the problem of reducing radiation exposure to the pediatric patient encompasses many areas. In the past, more attention has been devoted to the concrete aspects such as refined radiographic equipment and gonadal shielding. Less attention has been devoted to the abstract aspects which involve the general philosophy and disposition of the referring physician and his radiologic consultant. In this regard, it cannot be overstated that close communication with the radiologist is mandatory. The (pediatric) radiologist is constantly aware of the aspects of radiation safety and utilizes this information when he obtains radiographic examinations.
There is a tendency to treat radiographic examinations in the same context as clinical and chemical laboratory investigations. Perhaps this attitude stems from the fact that radiographs are often ordered at the same time as these laboratory tests. Such an orientation is dangerous, and it behooves the referring physician and the radiologist to work in cooperation to remedy this situation. Indeed, it is simple to improve radiographic equipment and not too difficult to shield the child; but, it is difficult to formulate a proper attitude regarding radiographic examinations and their potential hazard to the pediatric population.
The Committee on Radiology plans to prepare additional recommendations on radiographic examinations to provide more detailed and technical information which should be helpful to pediatricians and other physicians providing care for children.
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