Monday, February 17, 2014

Parents: Question CT scans for possible appendicitis

It's scary when your child is grimaciing or screaming in pain and the ER bustles around you, but Mount Sinai researchers say a simple ultrasound (no radiation like a CT scan) can catch 94% of childhood appendicitis cases.

An inflamed appendix is the most common surgical problem involving kids in the ER.

Radiation from CT scans adds up and cause cancer later. Four million CT scans are done on children each year, and this is an effort to cut those numbers.

The ultrasounding decreased the ER stay by almost half.

The pediatric ER doctors learned to read the ultrasound as well as radiologists.

So...CT scans now should be questioned for head bumps and for sore tummies.

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