Hospital type predicts computed tomography use for pediatric appendicitis

By:  kathryn Tinsley Anderson, Marisa A. Bartz-Kurycki, Mary T. Austin, Akemi L. Kawaguchi, Lillian S. Kao, Kevin P. Lally, Kuojen Tsao Abstract Background Evidence-based guidelines recommend ultrasound (US) over computed tomography (CT) as the primary imaging modality for suspected pediatricappendicitis. Continued high rates of CT use may result in significant unnecessary radiation exposure in children. The purpose of this study […]

Cumulative radiation dose estimates from medical imaging in paediatric patients with non-oncologic chronic illnesses. A systematic review

By:  Marco Branbilla, Andreana De Mauri, Domenico Lizio, Lucia Leva, Alessandro Carriero, Clara Carpeggiani, Eugenio Picano Introduction The use of diagnostic imaging procedures with ionizing radiation and, in particular, of computed tomography (CT) in childrenrepresents a great benefit for the diagnosis and treatment of benignand malignant conditions.The population-based rates of the use of diagnostic imagingprocedures […]

Benefit-risk communication in paediatric imaging: What do referring physicians, radiographers and radiologists think, say and do?

By:  J. L. Portelli, J. P. McNulty, P. Bezzina, L. Rainford Abstract To assess how referrers and practitioners disclose benefit-risk information about medical imaging examinations to paediatric patients and their parents/guardians; to gauge their confidence in doing so; and to seek their opinion about who is responsible for disclosing such information. Methods This study followed on from a previously […]

Physician Knowledge of Radiation Exposure and Risk in Medical Imaging

By: Jason B. Hobbs, MD, Noah Goldstein, BS, Kimberly E. Lind, PhD, MPH, Deirdre Elder, MS, Gerald D. Dodd III, MD, James P. Borgstede, MD Medical imaging is an increasingly important source of radiation exposure for the general population, and there are risks associated with such exposure; however, recent studies have demonstrated poor understanding of […]

Children With Mild Head Injuries Are Still Getting Too Many Brain Scans

By: Nina Shapiro One of the worst fears parents have is getting a call from school, from a coach, from highway patrol, or even witnessing themselves that their child suffered a head injury. While more protective headgear during sports and child safety seats in cars has resulted in a decrease in the numbers of severe […]