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August 8, 1980

The Value of Routine Preoperative Chest Roentgenograms in Infants and Children

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Pediatrics (Dr Farnsworth and Mr Steiner), Radiology (Dr Klein), and Pediatrics and Surgery (Dr SanFilippo), Westchester County Medical Center, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY.

JAMA. 1980;244(6):582-583. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310060038020

The charts and routine preoperative roentgenograms of 350 children admitted for elective pediatric surgery were analyzed to evaluate the clinical importance of routine preoperative chest roentgenograms. This analysis, and a review of the literature, should indicate that routine preoperative roentgenograms for elective pediatric surgery are unnecessary. Indications for selected preoperative roentgenograms based on patients' history and clinical findings are enumerated.

(JAMA 244:582-583, 1980)