THOUSANDS of WA children will be exposed to lower doses of radiation when they have an x-ray following the installation of two new advanced x-ray machines at Perth Children’s Hospital.
The $380,000 machines can lower radiation doses in children by up to 50 per cent.
Perth Children’s Hospital took ownership of the state-of-the-art machines two weeks ago, making the hospital the first in Australia to use them.
Health Minister Roger Cook said in the past year, 36,136 x-rays were performed at Perth Children’s Hospital.
“These new x-ray machines not only reduce exposure to radiation and provide better quality images, they make the experience more pleasant for the sick children who need to have an x-ray,” he said.
“They are another example of Perth Children’s Hospital leading the way in world-leading health care for the children of Western Australia.”
By utilising advanced algorithms, the x-ray machines apply gridless technology that improves the image quality by reducing scatter radiation.
In addition to improved image quality, the patient radiation dose is reduced by between 30 and 50 per cent.