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Children’s Book Aims to Educate Kids, Parents About CT Scanning

The age-appropriate story describes common uses and concerns about pediatric imaging.

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Jill Sakai, Contributor
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

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An updated children’s book about the use of and potential concerns about computed tomography scanning is now available as a free download. The latest edition of “Learning about X-rays with Lula and Ethan,” by Luther B. Adair II and Seth Crapp, was released in August.

Aimed at readers 7 years and older, the book seeks to educate kids and parents about pediatric radiology through the relatable story of a young child who visits the emergency room after sustaining a playground injury. His physician orders a head CT scan to check for internal damage.

Adair was inspired to write the book loosely based on his nephew’s and his own experiences with receiving treatment for minor head injuries. In the book’s introduction, he writes, “I realized that for many parents and children, having an X-ray performed can be a stressful experience. My hope was to share some helpful information about radiology with other children who may have the same experience.”

The book explains how CT scans are used and describes common concerns about pediatric radiation exposure. It also reinforces the role that children and parents can play in their treatment, such as asking questions about imaging options. Questions recommended by the Image Gently educational campaign for safe pediatric imaging include asking whether a radiation-free imaging method such as MRI would be suitable instead of a CT scan and requesting a single-phase CT scan using the lowest possible dose of radiation.

Adair and Crapp are practicing radiologists and released the book through their health care education company, Viewbox Holdings. The book now includes a survey for readers to provide feedback about how the book explains pediatric imaging.

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