In the process of diagnosing an issue, physiotherapists require a variety of ingredients. Most commonly, the story of your injury and our clinical assessment are enough to confirm a diagnosis. However, sometimes we require medical imaging for more information.
A frequent question we are asked by parents of children requiring X-rays or imaging is:
“What is the radiation risk to my child and the long term effects”.
Here are the facts from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists :
The literature does state that because children’s cells are growing and multiplying faster than adult cells they will experience more effect from radiation than adult cells.
We are certainly not advocating for X-rays and imaging all the time. Please always ask your medical practitioner or physiotherapist to explain the justification for imaging and together you can make a decision.
You and your therapists will take into account the injury and benefit of knowing imaging results and mild risks of radiation. When deciding on imaging, one factor that physiotherapists take into account is whether or not a negative or positive result will change the management plan for the patient.