By Elaine Wilson
When compared to other modalities, radiation dose associated with CT has generated the most media buzz, public concern, and subsequent hospital administration attention. Still, while radiation dose from computed radiography (CR) and digital or direct radiography (DR) is relatively much lower, the percentage of exams coming from these modalities is much higher. Yet, despite their high volume, CR/DR protocols at institutions may be overlooked.
“With CR/DR, for the concerned party, the volume of procedures is really large,” said Mythreyi Chatfield, American College of Radiology (ACR) director of data registries. “For any single exam, the dose is lower than the corresponding CT, but there are many more chest X-rays that are done, compared to CTs. Typically, there isn’t the same level of concern with regard to X-rays, so a child might get repeated exams.”
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