Pediatric radiography

Last revised by Andrew Murphy on 23 Mar 2023

Pediatric radiography is a subset of general radiography specializing in the radiographic imaging of the pediatric population.

The general principles of radiography remain the same. However, additional consideration must be considered when determining patient-specific exposure factors, immobilization techniques and appropriateness of examinations.

Due to the differences between pediatric radiography and adult imaging, separate general pediatric articles have been broken into anatomical sub-sections.

Lead shielding

Contact lead shielding is no longer recommended for any pediatric examination. Statements have been released by several radiological societies supporting an end to this practice 1-4, with the most comprehensive guidance statement on this matter being in an 86-page joint report 5.

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