EuroSafe Imaging 2020
Performed at one institution, Observational, Retrospective, Congenital, Radiation safety, Diagnostic procedure, Digital radiography, Radioprotection / Radiation dose, Paediatric
V. Piagneri, D. Della Latta, T. Trapuzzano, C. L. Susini, P. Del Sarto, D. Chiappino
Description of activity and work performed
From January 2014 to December 2018, we retrospectively review the radiographic reports of all pediatric patients, made during the hospital stay, to calculate the total number of x-ray, taken each year, and to estimate the average value per child. We also analyzed the standard practice in our pediatric intensive unit care, counting how many chest and abdominal x-rays have been done per child and the reason why they were made.
We also counted how many unnecessary x-rays have been taken for year, searching for radiological reports “Unchanged findings”. We have noticed that in 2018, after changing standard protocols in radiological practice and increasing the use of ultrasounds (especially in the evaluation of the lungs), we counted a significant reduction of the mean number of x-ray per child (from a maximum of 11.7 to a minimum of 6.8 x-ray per child) and the number of unnecessary x-rays (from of 18.9% to 13.7%).