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Benefits of CT Scans in Children Must Be Balanced Against Risks
Date:6/13/2013

Dayton, OH (PRWEB) June 13, 2013

Dayton Children’s Hospital is a strong advocate for safe and low dose radiation for children. A June 10 study published by JAMA Pediatrics examined the rates and radiation dosages of CT scans used in children. The study showed an increase in the number of scans on kids before 2005, but revealed a consistent decrease since 2008. Many believe this decrease is in part due to the increasing concerns regarding possible links between radiation and cancer.

The medical imaging experts at Dayton Children’s want to calm parents’ fears and help them understand the benefits versus risks of CT scans for children.

“CT scans are absolutely required for a number of serious conditions, some of which are life threatening,” says Elizabeth Ey, medical director of medical imaging at Dayton Children’s. “Everything we do in life has a risk. We have to carefully weigh the risk of the disease or condition against the small risk of inducing a cancer over a lifetime.”

When possible, Dayton Children’s will use non radiation producing imaging methods to assess a patient’s condition. However there are many times when a CT scan will give the best result. They allow doctors to see inside the body in less than a minute and often require no sedation. CT scans may be best option for a variety of conditions including:

  •     Evaluating serious head traumas.
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