Image Gently® and CT Scans

One size does not fit all...

There's no question: CT helps us save kids' lives.

But when we image, radiation matters!

  • Children are more sensitive to radiation.
  • What we do now lasts their lifetimes.
  • So when we image, let's image gently: More is often not better.

When CT is the right thing to do:

  • Child size the kVp and mA.  
  • One scan (single phase) is often enough.
  • Scan only the indicated area.

Publications - Peer-Reviewed

Popular Press Trade press

Below is a list of peer-reviewed articles from medical journals which relate to computed tomography dosing in children.  


Journal of the American Medical Association

Journal of the National Cancer Institute Advance Access 

Pediatric Radiology 




Online Education Modules

Vendor-Specific Modules

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Image Gently & CT Scans

Whatever role you play in caring for children, you can pledge to Image Gently.

  • Different members of the imaging team and members of the community play different roles in using the Image Gently® philosophy to ensure that CT scans in children are performed in the best way possible. 
  • Every care setting is unique.

We suggest you read the recommendations for your role below AND scan the others to best implement the changes in your practice to child-size the CT scan protocols at your site.

Pediatric radiologists from across the country have volunteered and stand ready to speak to you or your staff.  Contact us.

Pediatric CT Protocols & Instructions
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Medical Physicists

American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM)

The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), through its Alliance for Quality Computed Tomography, has posted new routine pediatric head CT protocols that include manufacturer and model-specific protocols for all of the applicable manufacturers of CT equipment currently sold in the US. 

The protocols represent a sampling of currently available scanner models and are not intended to provide comprehensive information for all available scanner models. 

Click here for more information.