The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) recently issued a statement regarding the release of new draft guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on pediatric safety considerations for the design of new medical imaging devices, including computed tomography, fluoroscopy, and traditional x-ray.

"In addition to our collaboration with the FDA, we also work closely with the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging on its ‘Image Gently’ campaign to reduce the radiation exposure received by pediatric patients. However, our dedication to reducing exposure to unnecessary radiation dose is not limited to pediatric scans. To help ensure that our industry’s cutting-edge technologies are used safely and appropriately with every patient, MITA advocates for the implementation of physician-developed appropriateness criteria and the mandatory accreditation of imaging facilities. Our members are also leaders in the development of hardware and software innovations to reduce exposure, including dose alert features on CT technology to help minimize radiation dose and medical errors. MITA also supports a national dose registry to standardize and track patients’ radiation exposure."