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X-rays and Children: Safety Protocols and Best Practices at Great Lakes Medical Imaging.

Published September 16th, 2023 by Great Lakes Medical Imaging

Children, with their growing bodies and developing systems, have unique medical needs. When diagnostic imaging is required, it's natural for parents to have concerns about the safety and necessity of X-rays for their child. At Great Lakes Medical Imaging (GLMI), we prioritize the health and well-being of all our patients, especially the youngest among us. Here, we delve into the safety protocols and best practices we follow when performing X-rays on children.

1. Justified Reasoning

Before recommending an X-ray, physicians assess whether the benefits of the test outweigh any potential risks. X-rays are only advised if they provide crucial diagnostic information that cannot be obtained through other, non-radiologic methods.

2. ALARA Principle

At GLMI, we abide by the ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) principle. This means we use the minimum radiation necessary to achieve quality imaging. The dose is tailored to the child's size, ensuring they receive the least amount of radiation required for a clear image.

3. Advanced Equipment

Our state-of-the-art X-ray equipment is designed to adjust radiation levels based on the size and structure of the patient. This technology further reduces the radiation dose for pediatric patients.

4. Shielding Techniques

Whenever possible, and without compromising image quality, protective shielding (like lead aprons) is used to cover areas of the child's body not being imaged. This helps to prevent unnecessary exposure.

5. Trained Professionals

Our radiologic technologists have specialized training in pediatric imaging. They're skilled in techniques that minimize radiation exposure and ensure a child's comfort and safety during the procedure.

6. Fast Imaging

Children can find it challenging to stay still, which might sometimes lead to retakes. Our advanced equipment captures images swiftly, reducing the need for multiple shots and thus decreasing exposure.

7. Open Communication

We believe in clear and open communication with both the child and their guardians. Before the procedure, our team explains the process in a child-friendly manner, addressing any concerns and ensuring the child is as comfortable as possible.

8. Continuous Monitoring and Education

The field of radiology is ever-evolving. Our team continually monitors advancements in technology and protocols, and we invest in ongoing training to ensure we're offering the safest, most effective care.


While any medical procedure involving children can be a cause for concern for parents, rest assured that at GLMI, the safety of our pediatric patients is paramount. We're committed to providing the highest standard of care, ensuring that every X-ray is both necessary and as safe as possible.

If you have further questions about X-rays, pediatric imaging, or any of our services, we invite you to contact us through our contact page.

Disclaimer: This blog article is for general informational purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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