Radiation Dose Considerations in Pediatric Oncologic Imaging

  • Karen E. Thomas
  • Frederic H. FaheyEmail author
Part of the Pediatric Oncology book series (PEDIATRICO)


Increasing awareness of the potential risks of ionizing radiation in imaging has led oncologists and radiologists to review many aspects of how and when pediatric oncology patients are imaged, with a greater emphasis on study justification and dose optimization. In this chapter we will review the background to current concerns regarding potential future increased malignancy risk, discuss dose estimation, provide an overview of dose optimization strategies and typical radiation doses for commonly performed studies, and, finally, discuss some of the issues and challenges around communication with patients and their families.


Radiation dose Radiation protection Dose-saving technology Dose reduction Communication 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Diagnostic ImagingHospital for Sick ChildrenTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Division of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Department of RadiologyBoston Children’s HospitalBostonUSA

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