Pediatric CT-DOSE

The CDC Pediatric CT-DOSE Project

Pediatric CT-DOSEThe Pediatric CT-DOSE project, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 2012-2014, has the overarching goal of improving the safety of CT among pediatric patients. The project began with the goal of developing a collaborative network of individuals across diverse health care institutions in order to optimize protocols used on pediatric patients. We assessed and quantified the radiation doses delivered by CT to children, to create benchmarks for CT radiation dose in children by anatomic area, protocol, clinical indication, and geographic locale, and to create audit reports to provide detailed site-specific feedback. We compared the effectiveness of several strategies for lowering patient radiation doses and reducing variation in dose at the institution level.

Preliminary research in the field of pediatric CT radiation safety is lacking because most organizations do not have a coordinated approach to collecting and analyzing medical radiation dose data, even though it is necessary to ensure patient safety. Using existing software infrastructure, we are leading the first analysis of all sequentially performed pediatric dose information from dozens of scanners, aggregated and evaluated in real-time.

Current List of Collaborating Institutions

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

University of California, Berkeley (UCB)

University of California, Davis (UCD)

University of California, Irvine (UCI)

University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, MI

University of Pennsylvania (UPENN), Philadelphia, PA

Glasgow Sick Children's Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland

Oxford University Hospitals, England