Goodbye to X-rays; Hello to safer scans for children

If your child is injured or ill, you want to know what’s going on as soon as possible and often with an X-ray or CT scan. But are those tests safe for your child? Can the radiation in question do more harm than good?

New Nobel Prize-winning technology changes the way your child is scanned, making them smarter and safer.

From broken bones to something more serious, millions of children get an X-ray every year, but safety is a concern.

“Too much radiation can certainly increase the risk of cancer in adulthood. And I think patients are particularly susceptible as they grow,” explains Michael Glotzbecker, chief of pediatric orthopedics at UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital.

X-rays expose your child to less radiation than you get on an airplane flight. But about one in eight scans ordered for children is a CT scan that takes multiple images and can deliver radiation doses up to 200 times higher than an average X-ray. Now doctors are working with the new EOS Edge X-ray technology that creates high-resolution 3D images with less radiation.

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“It’s really important for pediatric patients because it reduces the amount of radiation you get by almost 85 percent compared to standard X-rays,” said Dr. Glotzbecker.

Already used for adults, this technology can take two images at once, front and side, and convert those images into 3D.

“That’s really important when it comes to certain orthopedic conditions, especially when looking at surgical planning,” added Dr. Glotzbecker to it.

The EOS Edge is currently used in only a few children’s hospitals in the country, but technology like this is expected to become the standard of care in the near future.

Doctors say the cost and size of the machine are two factors preventing some hospitals from adopting the new technology. They say that if your local children’s hospital doesn’t already have the technology, don’t be afraid to ask your healthcare provider if another test, which uses less radiation, can provide the same information.

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Contributors to this news story include Cyndy McGrath, executive producer; Marsha Lewis, field producer; Kirk Manson, videographer and editor.

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