Children with concussion symptoms are still undergoing too many CT scans according to a study out of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Center.
Last year, a study published in JAMA Pediatrics evaluated the use of CT scans between 1996 and 2010 in children younger than 15 years and found that between 1996 and 2005 the use of CT doubled among children younger than 5 years old, and almost tripled for older children.
The good news in that study was that even though the rate of CT imaging on children remained high, it declined in the period between 2005 and 2010. It seemed that efforts to reduce children's exposure to ionizing radiation through campaigns like Image Gently were having an effect.
The imperative of reducing the number of CT exams on pediatric patients is clear. In that same study, the researchers pointed out that the risk of radiation-induced leukemia and brain cancers are highest for head CT scans, which are commonly performed on children. The risk of radiation-induced solid cancer is highest for CTs of the abdomen and pelvis--exams that also are frequently performed on pediatric patients.
That's why new research out of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is so discouraging. Read more...
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