Caring for Your Youngest Patients: Pediatric Imaging with Expertise and Compassion

Kelli Welch Haynes, Ed.D., RT(R); Northwestern State University

On demand | Expires 12/1/2021

*Approved by the ASRT for 1 Category A Continuing Education Credit.

Imaging children is one of the most fascinating and worthwhile specialties in radiography, but it comes with distinct challenges as compared to the imaging of adults. Some of these include dedicated imaging protocols to acquire the images, a possible need for sedation or general anesthesia for those longer procedures, specific training for the healthcare personnel involved, and most importantly, it requires consideration for radiation exposure if ionizing radiation is being used.

Clinical care personnel must gain the child's trust and cooperation before and throughout the duration of an exam, which can prove to be difficult in children who are ill and have pain. The increased radiation sensitivity of growing organs and children's longer expected life spans make them more susceptible to the harmful effects of radiation. In order to prevent the harmful effects of ionizing radiation, As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA) principle should be followed. This webinar seeks to draw attention to various challenges of pediatric imaging and the ways to overcome them. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss various ways to approach pediatric patients and their parents
  • Describe the unique considerations and concerns associated with pediatric care
  • Identify classic radiographic indicators of child abuse
  • Recognize common pediatric conditions and pathology
  • List methods to protect pediatric patients from injury and unnecessary radiation exposure, including positioning and immobilization
  • Discuss common pediatric medical imaging examinations

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Kelli Welch Haynes, Ed.D., RT(R) 
Northwestern State University

Kelli Welch Haynes is a tenured professor and program director for the Radiologic Sciences program at Northwestern State University in Shreveport, Louisiana. Kelli graduated from Northwestern with her Bachelor of Science degree, Midwestern State with her Master of Science and the University of Louisiana at Monroe with her Doctorate of Education. She has published several articles and presented over 100 presentations at the state, regional, national and international levels. Kelli currently serves as a site visitor for JRCERT and she is a co-author of the textbook, Radiation Protection in Medical Radiography.