Foreign body aspiration (FBA) is a common pediatric emergency. It can be life-threatening or cause irreversible lung/airway damage if diagnosis and treatment are not promptly carried out. Radiography,
sometimes in combination with fluoroscopy, used to be the first-line imaging modality when airway FBA has been suspected. However, a recent study  has shown that ultralow-dose CT can be performed at an equivalent dose level, using tin filter technology, as a first and only diagnostic tool in emergency settings. The CT attains higher sensitivity, specificity, predictive positive and negative values, as well as accuracy. A tin filter optimizes the X-ray spectrum by filtering out most low-energy photons and leaves a narrow, high-energy spectrum, thus reducing the radiation dose to the patient. It also improves air/soft tissue contrast and reduces beam hardening. In this case, the same technique is applied in combination with other standard dose reduction techniques, such as CARE Dose4D (automatic controlled tube current modulation) and ADMIRE (Advanced Modeled Iterative Reconstruction), achieving optimal image quality at ultra-low dose. It is also noteworthy that an ultra-fast scan mode - “Turbo Flash mode” - is performed which enables a complete thorax scan in 0.31 s in free breathing. Three-dimensional images can be displayed using multiplanar reconstruction (MPR), minimum intensity projection (MinIP) and volume rendering technique (VRT). The optimal image quality helps the physicians in reaching a confident diagnosis, avoiding the risk of negative bronchoscopy outcomes and operative costs.