Consensus statement on reducing ionizing radiation in children with congenital and acquired heart disease

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Takeaway

  • A new consensus statement on ionizing radiation dose optimization during multi-modality medical imaging in children with congenital and acquired heart disease (CAHD) could lead to significant reductions in cumulative ionizing radiation exposure among these patients without sacrificing diagnostic accuracy.

Why this matters

  • Children with CAHD often require repeated imaging studies as part of their therapy and disease management, which can lead to an increased lifetime attributable risk of cancer from ionizing radiation exposure.
  • Consensus statement is endorsed by more than a dozen professional societies, including the American College of Cardiology, American College of Radiology, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Key areas addressed

  • Dose optimization strategies for card...