The SoR has been made aware of an increase in notifications to the IR(ME)R regulator in England (Care Quality Commission) concerning unintended diagnostic paediatric exposures.
This notice aims to support services delivering paediatric exposures to comply with the regulations.
Anyone making a diagnostic exposure of ionising radiation must ensure the exposure is optimised, meaning operators and practitioners must ensure the dose arising from the exposure is kept as low as reasonably practicable consistent with the intended purpose.
There is a requirement in regulation 12 (8)(a) to pay particular attention in relation to medical exposures of children.
For all paediatric exposures please:
For more support, please see our free member webinars Optimisation, the Art of Radiography and Diagnostic Reference Levels and Dose Reference levels: What are they and how should I use them.
Helpful advice following CQC IR(ME)R inspections of specialist paediatric radiology services can be found here.
Please also see the joint professional body guidance IR(ME)R: Implications for clinical practice in diagnostic imaging, interventional radiology and diagnostic nuclear medicine.
(Images: child receiving CT scan, by Phil Boorman via GettyImages)