August 26, 2015 - There is a significant shift in the use of computed tomography (CT) scans at children’s hospitals for 10 common childhood diagnoses including seizure, concussion, appendectomy and upper respiratory tract infection to ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), according to a recent a study published online Aug. 24 by the journal Pediatrics.1
The authors of the study suggest the decline in CT usage may be attributable to a growing body of evidence linking ionizing radiation from CT scans to an increased risk of cancer in patients. They also point to the adoption of electronic health records, which allows for easy transfer of medical data and images and limits the need for duplicate scans. The study, "Computed Tomography and Shifts to Alternate Imaging Modalities in Hospitalized Children,” is the first of its kinds to look at CT usage across multiple hospitals and conditions.
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