Navigation Links
As CT Scans of Kids Soar, Experts Urge Oversight
Date:4/5/2011

TUESDAY, April 5 (HealthDay News) -- The substantial increase in computed tomography (CT) examinations of children in U.S. hospital emergency departments between 1995 and 2008 highlights the need for appropriate use and interpretation of these exams, say researchers.

They analyzed National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey data and found that CT exams of children rose from about 330,000 in 1995 to 1.65 million in 2008, a five-fold increase.

Head injury, abdominal pain and headache were the most common reasons for CT exams of children. The largest increase was in abdominal CT imaging, which was barely used in 1995 but accounted for 15 to 21 percent of CT exams of children in the last four years of the study.

The findings appear online and in the June print issue of the journal Radiology.

While they can help speed diagnosis, CT scans deliver higher radiation doses than most other types of medical imaging. This has raised concerns about the use of CT on children because their organs are more sensitive to radiation than adults' organs, and they have a longer remaining life expectancy in which they could develop cancer, the researchers noted.

In addition, the increasing rates of CT use noted in this study make it more likely that children will receive a higher cumulative lifetime dose of radiation than people who are currently adults.

The researchers noted that most radiologists who oversee and interpret CT examinations of children are not trained in pediatric radiology.

"The performance of CT in children requires special oversight, especially in regards to the selection of size-based CT scan parameters and sedation techniques. It is important to consistently tailor CT technique to the body size of the pediatric patient," study lead author Dr. David B. Larson, director of quality improvement in the radiology department at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, said in a journal news release.

He added that medical professionals "need to think creatively about how to partner with each other ... to ensure that all children are scanned only when it is appropriate and with appropriate techniques."

More information

The Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging has more about children and CT scans.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Radiology, news release, April 5, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Improved lesion detection with time-of-flight PET scans affirmed
2. Worlds largest lung cancer screening conference to address benefits of CT scans
3. Heart Scans May Raise Cancer Risk, Study Finds
4. Brain scans predict likely success when it comes to quitting smoking
5. PET scans may allow early prediction of response to targeted therapy of thyroid cancer
6. New drug for use in bone scans approved
7. Most X-Rays, Scans Unnecessary for Acute Low Back Pain
8. Odds of Quitting Smoking May Be Clear on Scans
9. Selective strategy recommended for CT scans in emergency departments
10. Brain Scans Show Married Love Can Last
11. MRI scans reveal brain changes in people at genetic risk for Alzheimers
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
As CT Scans of Kids Soar, Experts Urge Oversight
(Date:6/20/2017)... ... June 20, 2017 , ... In his newly appointed role ... May, Ph.D., recently accepted the distinguished Sun Corridor Export Award for his company’s ... (WNB), and 16 other businesses from Pima, Pinal, and Maricopa counties in Arizona, ...
(Date:6/20/2017)... West Hempstead, NY (PRWEB) , ... June 20, ... ... most experienced in the security systems industry has been selected as the partner ... , Amtrak is a passenger railroad service that provides medium- and long-distance intercity ...
(Date:6/20/2017)... ... 2017 , ... John D'Eri, CEO of Rising Tide Car Wash , ... during the Autism Society of America 's 49th annual conference to be ... Foundation (DJFF) was founded in 2002 as the nation's first autism organization focused ...
(Date:6/20/2017)... ... June 20, 2017 , ... MEDI+SIGN, ... like to officially welcome Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE to the MEDI+SIGN Advisory Board. ... and expertise in healthcare will provide invaluable direction for the company,” says Andrew ...
(Date:6/20/2017)... ... , ... The law firm of Momkus McCluskey Roberts LLC congratulates ... DuPage County Bar Association’s Board of Directors. Cassioppi officially took on the leadership role ... Oak Brook. Momkus McCluskey Roberts LLC attorney Stacey A. McCullough was also installed as ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/1/2017)... , June 1, 2017 Nutriceutical Holdings (NH), ... Recommended Solutions (VRS), and KD Pharma Group have decided ... Holdings by KD Pharma Group. KD Pharma Group will ... option to acquire the entire company. "We ... They are committed to growing the NH companies by ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... -- Endo International plc (NASDAQ: ENDP ) announced today ... the Company in a fireside chat at Goldman Sachs, 38 ... 2017 at 10:40 a.m. PT / 1:40 p.m. ET. The ... Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. A live ... on the Company,s website at http://www.endo.com/investors/overview . Participants should ...
(Date:5/22/2017)... 22, 2017  As the specialty pharmacy industry ... to make the revolutionary shift from volume-based to ... ensuring positive patient outcomes and shaping the future ... focus away from clinical trials and toward data ... specialty drug therapy utilization in precise patient populations. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: