By staff writers

November 16, 2011 -- The Image Gently campaign and the Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) have launched a new campaign called "Go With the Guidelines" to encourage community hospitals, academic hospitals, and clinics to observe new guidelines for administering radiopharmaceuticals in children.

The North American Guidelines for Nuclear Medicine Radiopharmaceutical Dose are calculated on a weight basis, have been tested in children's hospitals, and are compatible with high-quality imaging and further radiation dose reduction in the first decades of life, according to the groups.

With the launch of the campaign, the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging emphasized its message that children may be more sensitive to medical radiation than adults, and cumulative radiation exposure to their smaller bodies could over time have adverse effects.

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