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CT Scan Surge for Kids' Emergencies Raises Concern

Health & Wellness  (tags: CT scan, kids, health )

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Soaring numbers of kids are getting CT scans in emergency rooms, a study found, raising concerns some may be exposed to adult-sized radiation doses and potential risks for cancer down the road.


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Shirley S (187)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 2:31 am
This is a CONCERN!

Alice C (1797)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 3:12 am
This type of testing is done because CT scan equipment is expensive and must be paid off by doing tests. The more tests...the more money coming in. Simple and a shame. Thank you for posting this information. Parents need to know what is going on before allowing thier children to undergo CT testing.

Alice C (1797)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 3:13 am
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Fiona O (561)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 3:24 am
I Scan shoulld never be explorative for children but done because the doctor is concerned about a specific illness or injury.

Rajee Seetharam (138)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 3:35 am
I too am concerned!!! Noted and thanks.

Sharon Balloch (127)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 3:49 am
I totally agree... way to scary.. should only be done as a last measure..thanks

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 4:31 am
Thanks, Anna. Interesting and worrying developments, it will probably get worse before anything s done about it.

Carol H (229)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 5:14 am
noted, thanks Anna

Robert Shaffer (27)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 6:06 am
Noted, thanks.

andrew h (39)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 6:22 am
CT scan report from Dr Mercola here: (alternative mentioned plus protection measures) (may or may not help)

andrew h (39)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 6:27 am
I put the article link as a second opinion - pleae use your own best judgement/intuition/prayer to make sure you use the right technology for the circumstances

David C (108)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 7:04 am
I think this is a huge issue - its written for physicians, but in English and not medicalese , but in the past few months the American Academy of Family Physicians through their American Family Physician journal has really been trying to discuss and deal with it...unfortunately, too many ER docs and surgeons aren't involved in the debate. Their answer is that no one should ever go to surgery unnecessarilly and that we have cutdown on unneeded surgeries. I worry about a friend's daughter is 15, has had 2 abdominal CT scans in the past year -- what a radiation load on her system. 10 or 15 years ago (when hospital care was less a business to make money) she would probably have been admitted to the hospital, monitored overnight and given 'serial exams' and when her pain resolved discharged without a CT scan...

really curious how the extra radiation will affect future fertility and birth defects as well as cancer....

Regina P (67)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 8:04 am
Noted. Thank you Anna

Trequl M (170)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 9:32 am
Noted with thanks.

John Y (83)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 11:23 am
Thanks Anna.

Tuesday April 5, 2011, 12:34 pm
Probably a valid concern

Mary T (178)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 1:04 pm
Thanks Anna, this is a big concern, Noted

Justin R (0)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 2:22 pm
Why are the scans necessary? Have doctors lost trust in themselves?

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 3:43 pm
It's all about the money!

. (1)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 4:19 pm
It IS all about the money in the long run, OUR money! I'm tired of being "insuranced" to death. We need to think about the health of our children in this matter.

Ann L (15)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 7:48 pm
So just where is the AMA in all this? We are ever so quick to order CTs these days. Is this for diagnosis or to cover the hospital, incase of lawsuits?

Aletta Kraan (146)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 8:23 pm
Noted , thanks !

patti ng (14)
Wednesday April 6, 2011, 6:19 am
Wonder why the big surge? Do they really need it ?

Toni C (508)
Wednesday April 6, 2011, 10:31 am
You nailed it, Alice. I first learned about the dangers of CT scans after I had my cancer surgery and was receiving a CT and PET every three months... if it's bad for me, it is definitely bad for children, and every parent should question the use of CTs on their children. I know that sometimes it is necessary, but using it multiple times for the same issue becomes a problem in itself.

Glenda J (158)
Wednesday April 6, 2011, 2:13 pm
This is scary to know more children are being used to do CT Scans anything that does not have to be done is not a risk factor..if it were my child only under complete observation would this be allowed

Doug G (0)
Monday April 25, 2011, 11:20 pm
Maximize profits and reduce potential lawsuits.
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