Siemens Healthcare showed off its new CT application for dose reduction specifically for children at the Congress of the International Society of Pediatric Radiology in London.
The new technology is said to scan infants in less than a second at a dose of less than one milisevert, according to a report in ExpressHealthcare.in.
Up until advances in dose reduction, CT was rarely used on children and infants. Close to 8 million CT examinations were performed on pediatric patients in the U.S. per year, according to an article in the current issue of the Journal of American College of Radiology.
The article also offers a series of practical steps to reduce dose exposure in children including localizer radiographs, tube current, tube voltage and pitch.
CT scans had rarely been used previously in pediatrics because of the high radiation dosage and small children were often sedated to get a clear image.