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Cincinnati Children’s Doctor Concerned with High Number of CT Scans for Kids with Concussion Symptoms

Dr. Wendy Pomerantz, an emergency medical physician at Cincinnati Children’s, is concerned that pediatricians are ordering unnecessary CT scans for children exhibiting concussion symptoms, so she and her team surveyed pediatricians to discover how they handle brain injury situations.

Pomerantz’s concern centers around the increased risk of radiation exposure this technology poses to the sensitive organs in children. CT scans are also expensive.

“Most of the pediatricians we surveyed –  67 percent –  said they see less than 10 patients per year with concussions, so I think it’s more of a comfort thing,” said Pomerantz.

Pomerantz says the next step is to talk with doctors about what kinds of materials or information they need to make better diagnoses.

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