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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, email@example.com
Strategies (click to expand/retract)
Before using a CT scan, medical staff will be asked to consider alternatives. If they decide a CT scan is necessary, the dose should be adjusted for the size of the patient, including smaller doses for children.
- Webcast: Understanding Medical Radiation Exposure: What We Know and What We Don't
Reduce Unnecessary Exposure Through Right Order, Right Scan:
Implement protocols, procedures, algorithms, and guidelines to assist your hospital staff and clinicians make safer imaging choices for children.
- Webcast: Ultrasound for Appendicitis - Dose Optimization
- Ultrasound for Suspected Appendicitis Protocol
- Appendicitis Diagnosis Workflow
- RLQ Sonographer Worksheet - Final Version
- RLQ Radiologist Worksheet
- Webcast: Pediatric Head Trauma: When to Image
Data Collection and Other Resources (click to expand/retract)
- QA Audit Tool
- Measure Definition Sheets:Choosing Wisely Head CT Scan
- Image Gently Patient Brochure
- Image Gently Wall Poster
Data Submission and Measurement
Additional Resources (click to expand/retract)
Choosing Wisely and Consumer Reports observation tool for children with minor head trauma.
Consumer Reports article — Many Patients Unaware of Radiation Risks from CT Scans