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The Harm in Looking

The Harm in Looking Opinion EDITORIAL Alan R. Schroeder, MD; Rita F. Redberg, MD As a result of therecentgrowthinthefieldofdiagnosticimaging, Table. Descriptions of Inappropriate Imaging Leading to Unnecessary the US population has been subjected to a 7-fold increase in Radiation Exposure in Children exposure to medical radiation since the 1980s. Concerns over Potentially radiation-induced malignancy continue to mount in the Type of Imaging Inappropriate Indication Rationale to Reduce Imaging 2,3 4-7 popular and scientific press. CT scan of Rule out appendicitis Ultrasonography is satisfactory 12,13 8 abdomen in most cases. In this issue of JAMA Pediatrics,Migliorettietal provide Generalized abdominal The diagnostic yield is low, but valuable data on the use of computed tomography (CT) in pe- pain the radiation dose is high, espe- diatrics and the associated radiation exposure in children dur- cially for girls. CT scan of head Mild traumatic brain Clinical observation is generally ing the period from 1996 to 2010; the data were derived from injury sufficient. a large research network of CT scan of Suspected sinusitis There is a high rate of false-posi- 15,16 health maintenance organi- sinuses tive results. zations in the United States. Chest radiograph Routine bronchiolitis and Results often show consolidation Related article page 700 asthma that http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA Pediatrics American Medical Association

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright 2013 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
2168-6203
eISSN
2168-6211
DOI
10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.356
pmid
23753832
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Abstract

Opinion EDITORIAL Alan R. Schroeder, MD; Rita F. Redberg, MD As a result of therecentgrowthinthefieldofdiagnosticimaging, Table. Descriptions of Inappropriate Imaging Leading to Unnecessary the US population has been subjected to a 7-fold increase in Radiation Exposure in Children exposure to medical radiation since the 1980s. Concerns over Potentially radiation-induced malignancy continue to mount in the Type of Imaging Inappropriate Indication Rationale to Reduce Imaging 2,3 4-7 popular and scientific press. CT scan of Rule out appendicitis Ultrasonography is satisfactory 12,13 8 abdomen in most cases. In this issue of JAMA Pediatrics,Migliorettietal provide Generalized abdominal The diagnostic yield is low, but valuable data on the use of computed tomography (CT) in pe- pain the radiation dose is high, espe- diatrics and the associated radiation exposure in children dur- cially for girls. CT scan of head Mild traumatic brain Clinical observation is generally ing the period from 1996 to 2010; the data were derived from injury sufficient. a large research network of CT scan of Suspected sinusitis There is a high rate of false-posi- 15,16 health maintenance organi- sinuses tive results. zations in the United States. Chest radiograph Routine bronchiolitis and Results often show consolidation Related article page 700 asthma that

Journal

JAMA PediatricsAmerican Medical Association

Published: Aug 1, 2013

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