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Pediatr Radiol. 2010 Aug;40(8):1324-44. doi: 10.1007/s00247-010-1714-7. Epub 2010 Jun 10.

Multidetector CT in children: current concepts and dose reduction strategies.

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Department of Pediatric Radiology, Wilhelmina Children's Hospital, University Medical Centre Utrecht, E01.132, P.O. Box 85500, 3508 GA, Utrecht, The Netherlands. R.A.J.Nievelstein@umcutrecht.nl

Abstract

The recent technical development of multidetector CT (MDCT) has contributed to a substantial increase in its diagnostic applications and accuracy in children. A major drawback of MDCT is the use of ionising radiation with the risk of inducing secondary cancer. Therefore, justification and optimisation of paediatric MDCT is of great importance in order to minimise these risks ("as low as reasonably achievable" principle). This review will focus on all technical and non-technical aspects relevant for paediatric MDCT optimisation and includes guidelines for radiation dose level-based CT protocols.

PMID:
20535463
PMCID:
PMC2895901
DOI:
10.1007/s00247-010-1714-7
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