The safety of pediatric medical imaging was addressed at a 26 May side event held at the World Health Organization's (WHO) World Health Assembly in Geneva, according to the European Society of Radiology (ESR).
The International Society of Radiology (ISR) initiated and helped organize the event, which was attended by some 60 policymakers, healthcare providers, equipment vendors, and patients from around the world. The meeting's focus was on improving health and service delivery by maximizing the benefits of pediatric medical imaging while reducing its risks.
Dr. Guy Frija, chair of the EuroSafe Imaging campaign, represented the ESR and ISR at the event, and spoke on the importance for member states to pursue an approach to pediatric imaging safety that includes multiple stakeholders and that improves appropriateness and optimized imaging protocols, while developing policies on imaging upgrades.
Frija also highlighted the need to increase awareness of safety among patients and healthcare providers, and urged the launch of regional safety campaigns like EuroSafe Imaging and Image Gently.