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Radiation Safety

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Topic: Tests & Procedures

Welcome to Dayton Children’s. The information in this handout was written to answer some of the questions most often asked about radiation. Feel free to ask the radiology technologist to go over any information you do not understand.

How much radiation will my child receive?
People frequently want to know how much radiation was received during a test. The radiation dose necessary to produce the image will vary since children differ in size. Radiation doses for a specific test can be estimated based on your child’s age and weight. Every year in this part of the country, you and your child are exposed to approximately 100 millirems (mRem) of naturally occurring radiation (sunlight, bricks, rocks, etc) The amount of radiation received from a chest x-ray is considerably less. For example, a three year old child would receive one sixth of this amount at the skin level. For an infant, this dose would be one twentieth of the naturally occurring amount.

How safe is it for my child to have an x-ray?
All technologists (people who take the x-ray) have been trained to produce diagnostic x-rays with the least amount of radiation exposure to the patient. Here at Dayton Children’s, they are specifically trained to work with children. This helps to keep your child’s exposure to a minimum. Remember, your doctor ordered the x-ray to help diagnose or treat your child’s medical problem. He/she believes that the benefits of having this test done will far outweigh the risks.

How long will my child be exposed to radiation during the test?
Radiation produced by an x-ray machine only lasts a few tenths of a second. The actual time that your child is exposed depends on the part of the body being x-rayed and the exam being performed.

PDF: Child Health Information - RADIATION SAFETY

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Corregido: 2005

The information contained in this handout is for general information only and should not be considered complete. For specific information about bathing your baby, please ask your doctor or nurse practitioner.

Additional information may be located in the Family Resource Center, 2nd floor, near the Outpatient Surgery Center. Hours of the center vary; please contact the Family Resource Center at 937-641-3700.

Copyright(c) The Children's Medical Center of Dayton. This material is for educational purposes only. It cannot be reproduced or distributed without permission from Dayton Children's.
Revised: 2005


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