Why we measure it - Every day, our bodies absorb small amounts of radiation from the environment. Children's Hospital of Wisconsin participates in the Image Gently campaign, an initiative created to increase awareness of the opportunities to lower radiation doses when imaging children. We perform many different types of imaging tests that use lower doses of radiation than what is naturally absorbed on a daily basis.
What this means - When a child needs an imaging test, we make every effort to use the lowest radiation dose possible. Nuclear Cystograms, chest X-rays and head CT scans produce less radiation than what is naturally released in the environment and absorbed by the body on a daily basis.
About the data - We have illustrated the amount of radiation in everyday life versus commonly ordered imaging exams. Millisieverts are the units used to measure the amount of radiation absorbed by the body. These are average dosages only.
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