Are CT Scans Safe for Your Children?

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Computed tomography (CT) scans are increasingly used in children. But are there potential risks for your little ones?
Air Date: 7/10/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Dr. Jack Percelay, MD
Jack Percelay 2012 Headshot formalJack M. Percelay, MD, MPH, FAAP, SFHM has worked as a pediatric hospitalist in a variety of community hospital settings since completing his pediatric residency at University of California San Francisco in 1991. He works as a pediatric hospitalist at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ, and at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Dr. Percelay was the founding chairperson for the AAP Section on Hospital Medicine and currently chairs the AAP Committee on Hospital Care.
Are CT Scans Safe for Your Children?

There has been a significant increase in the number of computed tomography (CT) scans being performed on children. But do parents really know the potential risks involved in the procedure?

There are so many questions to consider before you allow this scan, and our special guest, Dr. Jack Percelay, is here to answer all of them.

For instance, what kinds of injuries or emergencies are CT scans really used for in children?

Is the increase in use due to parents requesting CT scans, or is it something the doctor recommends?

Does fear of internal injury when your child gets a bump on the head cause you to pause at the thought of a CT scan?

Don't miss this informative interview, especially if your little one is prone to bumps and bruises!

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