EuroSafe Imaging 2020
Action 7 - Radiation protection of children, Cardiac, Paediatric, CT, Contrast agent-intravenous, Diagnostic procedure, Physics, Quality assurance, Prospective, Experimental, Performed at one institution
D. Kostova-Lefterova, P. Ilieva, A. Partenova, V. Stoyanova, P. Popeski, B. Bogdanova , K. Genova
CT angiography (CTA) is modality able to provide excellent vascular diagnosis for paediatric patients with congenital heart diseases. This examination is important in cases of evaluation of patient’s pathology, for the purposes of the interventional and surgery planning and postoperative assessment. The radiation dose from such examinations and the adequate image quality are of a big concern. In contrast to adults, neonates and children are more radiosensitive and have a longer lifetime to develop potential radiation injuries. Unfortunately, although the paediatric cardiology community has been constantly searching for less-harmful technology, multidetector CT remains the only imaging technology for very young children in whom MRI is not indicated or possible.