Optimizing Communication With Parents on Benefits and Radiation Risks in Pediatric Imaging

Nima Kasraie, PhDa, David Jordan, PhDb, Christopher Keup, MDa, Sjirk Westra, MD Abstract Effective radiation risk communication is a core competency for radiology care providers and can prevent and resolve potential conflicts while helping achieve effective public health safeguards. The authors present a synopsis of the challenges to holding such dialogue and review published methods […]

Management decisions for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis significantly affect patient radiation exposure

September 1, 2014Volume 14, Issue 9, Pages 1984–1990 Steven M. Presciutti, MD; Teja Karukanda, BS; and Mark Lee, MD Abstract Background context Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) patients treated before the 1990s have a 1% to 2% increased lifetime risk of developing breast and thyroid cancer as a result of ionizing radiation from plain radiographs. Although present […]

Minor head injury not reason enough for CT scan in children

New study helps emergency physicians avoid CT scans that carry cancer risk for young patients (SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — A nationwide study of more than 40,000 children evaluated in hospital emergency departments for head trauma found that if children had only loss of consciousness, and no other signs or symptoms related to the head trauma, they […]