"Child-sizing" imaging exams at Atlantic Medical Imaging

“Child-sizing” imaging exams at Atlantic Medical Imaging

As the weather heats up and schools let out, children head outside to play. All too often, a season filled with long days of running, jumping, biking and other outdoor activities can lead to injuries. If your doctor requires an x-ray, MRI or other imaging procedure for your child, it’s important to know you have a choice of providers. Throughout southern New Jersey, informed physicians and patients choose Atlantic Medical Imaging (AMI).

Why More Families Choose AMI

The experienced team of medical professionals at AMI understands the unique needs of children, in diagnosing injury and illness. They work together with your child’s pediatrician to provide the best possible care for your child. State-of-the-art digital scans ensure that your doctor receives your child’s exam results immediately.

Medical Imaging that’s Just the Right Size

There is no question that medical imaging helps save lives. But when it comes to the littlest patients, sometimes less is more. AMI’s radiologists work to ensure that every imaging study for their pediatric patients is age appropriate. AMI is a proud supporter of the Image Gently™ Alliance, which promotes “child-size” radiation doses in pediatric imaging care. They scan only the indicated area and work to eliminate the need for duplicate scans. “The "child-appropriate" protocols we have in place allow us to significantly reduce radiation doses to our younger patients without compromising the images our doctors see," said Dr. Robert M. Glassberg, president and CEO of AMI.

A Long History of Quality Care

Atlantic Medical Imaging started in 1964 as a one-man radiology practice at Atlantic City Medical Center’s City Division (now AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center). Over the years, the practice has grown with the region into a nationally acclaimed, full service radiology practice with 39 board certified radiologists and an exceptional staff of 450 members. AMI specializes in MRI, CT, PET/CT imaging, Digital Mammography, Ultrasound, DEXA scans, Fine Needle Aspirations, Core Biopsies, Nuclear Imaging and X-rays.

“For nearly 50 years, physicians and their patients have put their trust in AMI,” added Dr. Glassberg. “We remain committed to earning that trust every day.”

About the Image Gently Campaign

Image Gently is a coalition of health care organizations dedicated to providing safe, high quality pediatric imaging nationwide. The Society for Pediatric Radiology as well as over 33 other societies are members of this coalition representing more than 500,000 health care professionals in radiology, pediatrics, medical physics, and radiation safety.

The Image Gently campaign is an initiative of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging. The campaign goal is to change practice by increasing awareness of the opportunities to promote radiation protection in the imaging of children.

How can we minimize the radiation risk to your child?

There are ways to ensure that your child is exposed to the smallest amount of radiation possible during an imaging study. The Image Gently campaign is promoting optimal scanning strategies for children and they are listed below:

• Image when there is a clear medical benefit

• Use the lowest amount of radiation for adequate imaging based on size of the child

• Image only the indicated area

• Avoid multiple scans

• Use alternative diagnostic studies (such as ultrasound or MRI) when possible

If you still have concerns regarding radiation exposure to your child, whom should you talk to?

You should first talk to the physician who is requesting your child’s exam. Your doctor and the radiologist can work together on decisions about which study is best to perform. If you still have questions, ask to speak to the radiology physician.

For more information about the image gently campaign, please visit www.imagegently.org