Focus on Radiation Safety

radiation safety

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's pediatric-trained radiologists work to ensure every patient receives the most appropriate procedure and an accurate diagnostic report. 

There are several different ways radiation can be used to help diagnose pediatric disease or health concerns. Diagnostic imaging techniques using radiation include X-rays, computed tomography (CT) scans and nuclear medicine studies.

Our team optimizes radiation doses, giving the smallest amount of radiation needed for each scan. National studies show that Children’s uses some of the lowest possible radiation doses in the country. 

The Radiology Department at Children's:

  • Utilizes advanced technology to reduce radiation doses by up to 50 percent compared to adult facilities.
  • Uses special age- and weight-specific techniques to make sure the right dose of radiation is used with each exam.
  • Follows Image Gently and ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) guidelines for reducing radiation exposure.
  • Ensures radiologists and technologists are recertified in pediatric-specific guidelines once a year and technologists hold advanced certifications from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists in their specialty area.
  • Conducts annual inspections of all equipment to ensure safe operation and the lowest possible exposure to radiation.

National Leader

The Radiology Department at Children’s is industry-leading in both quality and volumes. 

  • In 2014, we became the first pediatric imaging department in the country, and third overall, to receive the American College or Radiology’s prestigious Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence (DICOE) award in recognition of a quality program and focus on patient safety. 
  • In addition, Children’s was the busiest pediatric imaging department in the country, with more than 220,000 scans annually.

Learn More

Visit the Image Gently webpage to learn more about radiation safety.