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

around and say there is less imaging done when you go to your doctor, because your doctor knows you, knows your family, knows your history," Schulman said. "In the emergency department, they don't have that luxury."

The key for doctors is to carefully evaluate the patient and do the test only if it's necessary and at the lowest possible dose of radiation, she said.

Also, proper interpretation of the results is key so that the test doesn't need to be repeated, she said.

Parents can play a role, she added. "Parents should ask about the test and why it is needed, but they shouldn't be so concerned that they avoid a test that is really necessary," Schulman said.

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For more on radiation risks for children, visit the U.S. National Cancer Institute.

SOURCES: Jeannie Huang, M.D., M.P.H. associate professor, division of pediatric gastroenterology, Rady Children's Hospital/University of California, San Diego; Marta Schulman, M.D., chair, American College of Radiology Pediatric Imaging Commission; Nolan Altman, M.D., chief, radiology, Miami Children's Hospital; January 2012 Pediatrics


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