December 24, 2008 Radiation dose awareness leads to more pediatric referrals for ultrasound and MRI By H.A. Abella Efforts to raise awareness about the associated risks of CT-based radiation exposure and the need to keep children from receiving unnecessary scans seem to be achieving traction among healthcare providers, according to a study by Ohio researchers. Their findings suggest that such increased awareness may make referring physicians less likely to order imaging that involves ionizing radiation for young patients. Debate on the radiation risks of CT to the pediatric population has caught the attention of the mass media while becoming the subject of numerous studies in the medical literature. Radiologists and other physicians have joined nationwide efforts, such as the Image Gently campaign, to keep unwarranted studies from being performed on children.
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