PEDIATRIC IMAGING STUDIES

WHEN A CHILD NEEDS AN IMAGING EXAM, CAROLINA RADIOLOGY IS COMMITTED TO AN EXPERT DIAGNOSIS WITH MAXIMUM SAFETY

Carolina Radiology works closely with our partners to create protocols for the imaging of pediatric patients. The goal is to keep exposure to medical radiation to the minimum level necessary to meet the diagnostic need. See our Medical Radiation Safety page for details.

The pediatric imaging protocols we develop are based on Image Gently, a widely-recognized set of guidelines for medical radiation safety for pediatric patients.

We also work closely with the medical physicists who maintain imaging equipment to ensure that dose management controls are properly calibrated so that the medical radiation exposure can be accurately adjusted to an appropriate level for children.

It is Carolina Radiology’s policy to inform patients whose mammograms show that they have dense breast tissue. This is required by law in South Carolina and many other states. Patients with dense breasts may be at somewhat higher risk of developing breast cancer. Dense breast tissue also makes it more difficult for doctors to spot possibly cancerous tissue on a mammogram. Dense breast tissue is not an abnormality.

Depending on age and physiological characteristics, approximately 40 to 60 percent of women have dense breast tissue during at least part of their lives. Every patient who receives a notification with her mammogram results that she has dense breasts should have a conversation with her primary care physician or gynecologist about whether additional screenings, such as 3D mammography, breast MRI, or breast ultrasound, may be warranted.

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