100K Children Campaign


X-rays and CT (computed tomography) scans are useful diagnostic tools that use radiation to view bone and tissue inside the body.  However, repeated exposure to radiation during a person’s life (cumulative exposure) can put them at higher risk for cancer.

CT scans are responsible for more than 40% of the cumulative diagnostic radiation exposures to patients. Medicare radiography costs are over $14 billion dollars a year and it is estimated that 20-50% of the scans are unnecessary.

Although there are times when a CT scan is the best tool to diagnose a medical condition, there are ways to minimize the patient’s exposure to radiation. 

WSHA supports hospitals and health systems in efforts to optimize radiation exposure in children by providing training, education, tools and patient education materials as well as data. For more information contact Dave Wilson, davew@wsha.org

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