Fewer CTs, More MRI and Ultrasounds for Kids
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Thursday, August 27, 2015 09:16 PM

A study of 33 children's hospitals has found that use of computed tomography (CT) for the 10 most common diagnostic groups in children decreased from 2004 to 2012.

Meanwhile, rates for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound have increased in 8 of the 10 groups. 

Studies of CT frequency during the last 20 years have shown a large increase from the mid-1990s, with some showing a plateau or decrease in recent years, the authors report. This study also shows that the evidence to support choosing nonradiation modalities may have played a role in the increase in alternate imaging. For gastroenteritis, although CT use marginally increased, there was an almost 300% increase in ultrasounds during the study period.

Source:  http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/849972