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New Study Looks At CT Scan Use In Children

(File photo of a physician examining a CT scan. A new study asks about the effects of CT scans on children. Photo by John Guillemin/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

(File photo of a physician examining a CT scan. A new study asks about the effects of CT scans on children. Photo by John Guillemin/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A new study takes a look at the use of CT scans in children.

It is a situation that can certainly frighten parents and raise questions for physicians. A child suffers head trauma and is rushed to the emergency room.

Does the physician order a CT scan right away? Clearly a CT scan can give a better look at the brain. However, there is unnecessary exposure to radiation if severe trauma is not present.

According to a new report in the journal Pediatrics, physicians should spend some time evaluating the patient to see if there is damage from a clinical standpoint before they turn to the reflex of a CT Scan. It is an interesting report because CT scans are associated with an increase in radiation, and if we can prevent uncecessary exposure, it is also a good thing.

Reported by Dr. Brian McDonough, KYW Newsradio