Information for parents
- how the test will improve your child’s health care
- whether there are alternative imaging options, and
- if a CT scan is necessary, how the radiation dose will be kept as low as possible for your child.
If your child is referred for a CT or CBCT scan, it is important for you to remember that a scan which is warranted, will almost always result in more benefit than harm to most patients.
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) has partnered with the Association for the Wellbeing of Children in Healthcare and NPS MedicineWise to develop a brochure that answers questions that you may have if your child needs a CT scan. A companion poster has also been developed by these organisations for display in doctors’ practices, medical imaging services and early child health services.
In partnership with the Australian Dental Association and other dental organisations, a brochure for parents and carers and a companion poster on CBCT have also been produced.
Support for health professionals
a fact sheet providing information on CT scans for children, including the typical radiation doses for various scans.
For more information about CT scans for children and young people, visit www.healthdirect.gov.au/ctscansforkids.
1 Mathews JD et al. Cancer risk in 680,000 people exposed to computed tomography scans in childhood or adolescence: data linkage study of 11 million Australians. BMJ.2013;346:2360
Senior Project Officer
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care