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FDA warns about unnecessary xrays and CT scans for children

Posted by on May. 28, 2012 at 12:52 PM
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The use of CT scans, which show more detail than standard X-rays but entail far more radiation, and other medical imaging has soared in recent years. The tests can be lifesaving, and specialists say people who really need one shouldn't avoid it for fear of future risk from radiation.  But research shows too often the scans are unnecessary — they're given too frequently, for example, or in place of other tests that don't emit radiation. Children are of particular concern because their rapidly growing tissues are more sensitive to radiation.   And while pediatric hospitals routinely adjust scanner doses for youngsters' smaller sizes, 90 percent of child imaging is performed in general hospitals — and the FDA said no one knows how many make those adjustments.

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Have your children had Xrays or CT scans?  

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Vertical15
by on May. 28, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Only one of my boys has had an xray a few years ago.  Its scary.

Mipsy
by Bronze Member on May. 28, 2012 at 2:47 PM
My son gets a ton of xrays and has had a couple ct scans. All but a couple (maybe 2 xrays and 1 ct) have been in a pediatric hospital. I know they make sure the adjustments are right for my son because he has had/has so many images taken. This year alone we're probably around 30-50 for imaging studies. Our drs have been keeping a close eye on his case though and only do the studies if completely necessary.
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MELRN
by on May. 28, 2012 at 5:59 PM

I've been on this for year I write to heads of departments and congress people  the bottom line is doing the right thing (like having MRI up and running all the time and A doctor who can read it) is expensive time consuming and when you add that tot the fact that these kids do not suffer immediate consequence but do suffer terribly in the long run I am fighting an uphill battle.....  not for nothing the Obama care thing has made it worse!  they are really tightening the  staff  and cutting corners

but really the AAP just has to come out a say that MRI or US is the standard of care and people will demand it...they won't b/c companies like GE fund them and their fancy trips... so much for the kids

MELRN
by on May. 28, 2012 at 6:00 PM

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Xandriasmommy
by on May. 28, 2012 at 6:04 PM
Allie had a CT scan when she was about 18 months. She had fallen and went to sleep. We couldn't wake her for nothing!
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PrincessZ20
by on May. 28, 2012 at 11:24 PM

Both my boys have had x-rays.  Carter broke his arm at about 8 months, so we have the first x-ray, then two follow ups to make sure it was healing right (it was high on his arm and just a small fracture, so they weren't able to cast it).  Less than a month later, Alex was hospitalized with a respiratory infection, and they x-rayed his lungs.

Both were done at the hospital, with Carter's follow ups being done at the orthopedist.  I don't know if they scaled anything, but certainly hope so! 

TonyaLea
by on May. 28, 2012 at 11:28 PM


Quoting MELRN:

I've been on this for year I write to heads of departments and congress people  the bottom line is doing the right thing (like having MRI up and running all the time and A doctor who can read it) is expensive time consuming and when you add that tot the fact that these kids do not suffer immediate consequence but do suffer terribly in the long run I am fighting an uphill battle.....  not for nothing the Obama care thing has made it worse!  they are really tightening the  staff  and cutting corners

but really the AAP just has to come out a say that MRI or US is the standard of care and people will demand it...they won't b/c companies like GE fund them and their fancy trips... so much for the kids

Very interesting.

karamille
by on May. 28, 2012 at 11:59 PM

Ike had to have a HEMI (one half of his entire body had to be xrayed to look for a boney lesion disease) done that that was the only time that I really felt like we were getting excessive radiation (I say we because I was actively holding him down for each position).  It was necessary because of the health issues he was having, but it didn't make it any less scary.  In regard to CT scans, I am surprised every time I read one of these stories, because I don't know of a single child who has had one.  Every child I know who has had imaging done, has had MRIs instead.  I think the word is getting out to drs and parents to chose a MRI if at all possible over a CT. 

slw123
by on May. 29, 2012 at 1:09 PM

My children have only had dental xrays.

new_mom808
by Andrea on May. 29, 2012 at 6:41 PM

I thought about you when I saw this post title. I was hoping you'd catch it. I know I've seen you talk about this.

Quoting MELRN:

I've been on this for year I write to heads of departments and congress people  the bottom line is doing the right thing (like having MRI up and running all the time and A doctor who can read it) is expensive time consuming and when you add that tot the fact that these kids do not suffer immediate consequence but do suffer terribly in the long run I am fighting an uphill battle.....  not for nothing the Obama care thing has made it worse!  they are really tightening the  staff  and cutting corners

but really the AAP just has to come out a say that MRI or US is the standard of care and people will demand it...they won't b/c companies like GE fund them and their fancy trips... so much for the kids


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