Navigation Links
More U.S. Kids Get High-Radiation Scans, Study Says
Date:12/3/2012

ording to the U.S. National Cancer Institute, some 5 million to 9 million CT examinations are done each year on U.S. children. Their use in children and adults has increased about eightfold since 1980, growing about 10 percent each year, the agency says.

"Despite the many benefits of CT, a disadvantage is the inevitable radiation exposure," the agency says. Children are more sensitive to radiation exposure than adults because their bodies are still developing. Also, children have a longer life expectancy than adults, meaning more time for cancer to develop, and multiple scans further up the risk for developing cancer.

Over the past decade, awareness of the potential dangers of radiation has led children's hospitals in the United States to limit CT scans, said Dr. Nolan Altman, chief of radiology at Miami Children's Hospital in Florida.

"Our CT numbers are way down," said Altman. "We are doing much less CTs than we did 10 years ago." Many of these are being replaced by ultrasound and MRIs, which don't use radiation, he added.

Also, manufacturers have reduced radiation doses, Altman said. "In general, the dose is 30 to 40 percent less than it used to be," he said.

"For the average child, who has one CT scan or X-ray, parents should not be concerned," Altman added. However, a very sick child might need multiple scans, and "then there more reasons for concern," he said.

Imaging saves lives, said Dr. Marta Schulman, chair of the American College of Radiology Pediatric Imaging Commission. "Even if you believe the worst prophecy that you would get cancer, the chances of dying from the injury is 100 percent if you don't do the CT scan," she said.

Schulman said it is to be expected that most of these tests are done in the hospital, where patients are the sickest. Also, emergency department doctors don't know a child as well as the child's own doctor, so they need these tests to make a diagnosis, she said.

"You could turn this
'/>"/>

Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Study Suggests Vaccine May Help Kids With Brain Cancer
2. Study reveals how cancer drug causes diabetic-like state
3. Coffee Drinking in Pregnancy Wont Lead to Sleepless Baby: Study
4. Lower GI problems plague many with rheumatoid arthritis, Mayo Clinic study finds
5. Veggies Like Broccoli, Cabbage May Help Fight Breast Cancer: Study
6. No Added Cancer Risk From Hip Replacement Materials: Study
7. Reported Decline in U.S. Pneumonia Deaths May Be False: Study
8. Early Study Finds Some Promise for Lung Cancer Vaccine
9. Narcissists Often Ace Job Interviews, Study Finds
10. Sexual objectification of female artists in music videos exists regardless of race, MU study finds
11. Soy may alleviate hot flashes in menopause, large-scale study finds
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
More U.S. Kids Get High-Radiation Scans, Study Says
(Date:8/2/2015)... ... August 02, 2015 , ... Molecular biologists in New South ... for mesothelioma. Surviving Mesothelioma has just posted an article on the new research. ... South Wales tested for Ki67 expression in tissue samples from 42 patients with peritoneal ...
(Date:8/1/2015)... ... ... The condition where veins are enlarged and gnarled is known as varicose veins, ... who spend a lot of time on their feet and standing are even more ... can to create awareness and provide a cure in observance of Senior Citizen's Day ...
(Date:8/1/2015)... York, NY (PRWEB) , ... August 01, 2015 , ... ... Vine cyberespionage group , who are thought to have been behind the attack on ... the topics covered were zero day exploits, watering hole attacks and spear phishing campaigns. ...
(Date:7/31/2015)... ... 31, 2015 , ... That’s right, the STASH awards have ... The Significant Technological Achievements in Secretive Horticulture (or STASH) Awards, featured in High ... that have stood the test of time. These include lighting products, organic and ...
(Date:7/31/2015)... ... ... Ticket Down is a reliable source for authentic tickets for the 2015 ... festival will end on Sunday, August 2nd. , Music fans have traveled ... unique and unbelievably popular festival attracts the best in entertainment from around the world. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Scientists Link Protein Marker with Mesothelioma Prognosis in New Study, According to Surviving Mesothelioma 2Health News:Northeast Houston Vein Center Warns Men about Varicose Veins 2Health News:Northeast Houston Vein Center Warns Men about Varicose Veins 3Health News:Frenemy at the Gates - Hackers Excel at Leveraging Trust 2Health News:Frenemy at the Gates - Hackers Excel at Leveraging Trust 3Health News:Frenemy at the Gates - Hackers Excel at Leveraging Trust 4Health News:The High Times S.T.A.S.H. Awards Are in, Guess Who Took Home the Prize for “Best Grow System” 2Health News:Cheap 2015 Lollapalooza Tickets: Ticket Down Slashes Ticket Prices on Lollapalooza Tickets at Grant Park in Chicago for Saturday, August 1st and Sunday, August 2nd 2
... Online Survey Examines Current Standard of Care and ... Feb. 19 A recent survey of,202 neonatologists ... caring for the specialized health needs of preterm ... United States,healthcare system does not place enough emphasis ...
... who are overweight or obese have lower concentrations of ... counterparts, according to a new study led by Duke ... results on PSA concentrations found in obese and overweight ... reconsider PSA threshold values for heavier patients, and to ...
... to recent media,reports, Roche would like to reaffirm that ... for the 2007-2008,flu season, and that physicians and patients ... strikes., Some news reports have indicated "shortages" of ... place to ensure that Tamiflu is readily,available. If a ...
... to lead Diabetes Sales, Managed Care and Government ... ... Novo Nordisk, a,healthcare company with an 85-year history of innovation ... Pamela Harris as,vice president for Diabetes Sales, Managed Care and ...
... Florida Tissue,Services, a subsidiary of LifeNet Health ... Tissue Banks (AATB)., AATB inspectors examined ... of the Association,s Standards and policies, including,record-keeping, ... suitability determinations. Tissue banks receive accreditation,from the ...
... for Two-Week Eye Health Program,in Mandalay, NEW YORK, ... Health and the Mandalay Eye and ENT Hospital, ORBIS,International, ... returns to Myanmar to conduct its ninth Flying Eye,Hospital ... from February,25 to March 7, 2008., Working together ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Neonatologists and Pediatricians Highlight Progress and Barriers to Preemie Care 2Health News:Neonatologists and Pediatricians Highlight Progress and Barriers to Preemie Care 3Health News:Neonatologists and Pediatricians Highlight Progress and Barriers to Preemie Care 4Health News:Overweight and obese men have lower PSA values, even before they get prostate cancer 2Health News:Press Statement: Roche Affirms That Tamiflu(R) is in Ample Supply Nationwide 2Health News:Novo Nordisk Consolidates U.S. Diabetes Sales Leadership Under Single Vice President 2Health News:Florida Tissue Services Receives National Accreditation 2Health News:ORBIS International's Flying Eye Hospital Returns to Myanmar 2
(Date:7/30/2015)... Edwards Lifesciences Corporation (NYSE: EW ), the ... monitoring, today announced that Robert A. Ingram has ... is an ardent champion for innovation in the lifesciences industry, ... on Edwards, board as we pursue our focused innovation strategy," ... "Bob has provided a valuable perspective to our board, drawing ...
(Date:7/30/2015)... MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. , July 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... that it will release its second quarter 2015 financial ... 6, 2015.   In conjunction with the release, the ... community at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on ... results of the quarter and other business developments. ...
(Date:7/30/2015)... 30, 2015  EP Global Communications, Inc. (Public OTC: ... contacted the Company about discussing EPGL,s electronic contact ... Monday, August 3, 2015.  Novartis CEO Joe ... the coming electronic contact lens market could be ... next several years.  Novartis partnered with Google in ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:IRIDEX Announces Second Quarter 2015 Conference Call and Release Date 2
PLX40s, 40 Watt Sealed CO2 Laser System....
... connects via a USB port ... computer featuring Windows 2000 or ... the art corneal topography software ... projection and easy alignment reduce ...
... Atlas Eclipse model 995 is ... It offers ultra-low illumination and ... model 995 is ideal for ... lens specialists who require comprehensive ...
... only corneal topographer available with a ... Pupillometer.,The German-engineered Keratograph delivers real "K" ... for refractive surgery or contact lens ... infrared Pupillometer allows the measurement of ...
Medicine Products: