Imaging Gently: Penn State Children’s Hospital Leads the Way in Reducing Radiation Exposure Risk

MRI images showing two axial views of retrocecal appendicitis (the second with fat saturation to make the inflammation more easily seen). The appendicitis is located at the posterior aspect on the right of the patient (reader’s lower left).
MRI images showing two axial views of retrocecal appendicitis (the top with fat saturation to make the inflammation more easily seen). The appendicitis is located at the posterior aspect on the right of the patient (reader’s lower left).

Sharing in the mission of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging to improve “safe and effective imaging care of children worldwide,”1 Penn State Children’s Hospital has become a national leader in utilizing Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to diagnose pediatric appendicitis. By using MRIs instead of conventional computerized tomography (CT), physicians at Children’s Hospital are limiting their patients’ exposure to potentially harmful radiation.

The Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging, sponsor of the Image Gently® campaign, has grown quickly to a coalition of health care organizations, including Penn State Children’s Hospital, “dedicated to providing safe, high quality pediatric imaging worldwide.”2

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