Communicating the radiation risks of paediatric imaging

Published: 04 May 2016 Ezine

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has published a new document detailing how best to communicate the risks involved in paediatric imaging.

The document has been developed by a group of experts, including the European Federation of Radiographer Societies, and extensive consultations with relevant stakeholders.

It is intended to serve as a communication tool about known or potential radiation risks associated with paediatric imaging procedures, to support the risk-benefit dialogue with patients and their families during paediatric healthcare delivery.

It also provides information and resources to support communication strategies, including examples of key messages to use in different scenarios.

The document is particularly of interest to healthcare providers who refer children for imaging procedures involving ionising radiation exposure, as well as other stakeholders involved in paediatric healthcare.

Click here to read the document.