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Pediatric imaging solutions are delivering big benefits to small patients

by John W. Mitchell, Senior Correspondent | June 08, 2015
CT MRI Rad Oncology Pediatrics Primary Care X-Ray
From the June 2015 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

However, as Ward says, the basic X-ray is still the workhorse. “Plain X-ray remains the mainstay of pediatric imaging, considering the abundance of traumatic injuries as well as the preponderance of pulmonary issues. Generally low in ionizing radiation, plain radiographs…are the ideal starting point in pediatric medical care,” Ward says.

For parents, it’s important to keep the risk of medical radiation exposure in perspective. “The worst thing for the patient is for us to miss a diagnosis because we don’t want to use radiology,” says Siegel. “Results from CT can change treatment decisions. Not having the CT can be much more risky for a child than having it, especially if CT is being used to diagnose cancer or another serious condition, such as acute abdominal pain. The key point is that CT needs to be clinically justified; in this setting the benefits will outweigh the small, long-term risks.”

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