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Computed Tomography for Pediatric and Small Adult Patients: Radiation Risks

Audience: Radiation Health Professionals, Risk Managers, Hospital Administrators

The FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health issues a Public Health Notification to emphasize the importance of keeping radiation doses during CT procedures as low as reasonably achievable, especially for pediatric and small adult patients. The Notification stresses the importance of adjusting CT scanner parameters appropriately for each individual’s weight and size, and for the anatomic region being scanned.

[Nov 07, 2001 - Public Health Notification - FDA]