Cancer Risk from Pediatric CT

Christoph I. Lee

in 50 Imaging Studies Every Doctor Should Know

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Published in print August 2016 | ISBN: 9780190223700
Published online September 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780190223731 | DOI:

Series: Fifty Studies Every Doctor Should Know

Cancer Risk from Pediatric CT

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This chapter, found in the radiation exposure from medical imaging section of the book, provides a succinct synopsis of a key study estimating the potential radiation-induced cancer risk to pediatric patients undergoing computed tomography scans. This summary outlines the study methodology and design, major results, limitations and criticisms, related studies and additional information, and clinical implications. The study demonstrated that pediatric patients are at significantly increased lifetime radiation risks from CT compared to adults, and that every effort should be made to eliminate unnecessary radiation exposure among them. In addition to outlining the most salient features of the study, a clinical vignette is included in order to provide relevant clinical context.

Chapter.  1014 words. 

Subjects: Primary Care ; Clinical Radiology

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