Having a CT Scan Could Put Your Child at Risk

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By Molly Clifton

Most parents think a CT scan emits as much radiation as a regular x-ray and under-estimate the risks.

That’s from researchers who interviewed over 700 parents whose child was in an emergency room with a head injury.

Radiation exposure from a head CT scan is 60 to 80 times greater than that of an x-ray.

The study found that after doctors informed parents of the risks, willingness to proceed with a CT scan dropped from 90 to 69 percent.

 

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