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November 2016

Overuse of Medical Imaging and Its Radiation Exposure: Who’s Minding Our Children?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California
  • 2Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, Missouri
JAMA Pediatr. 2016;170(11):1037-1038. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.2147

The potential harms of overuse in medical imaging, particularly pediatric exposure to ionizing radiation, have gained considerable attention over the last decade. Public information campaigns such as Image Gently, Image Wisely, and Choosing Wisely have emphasized strategies for preserving the benefits of imaging while reducing potential harms. Scattered islands of progress have occurred and include robust evidence-based pathways for computed tomography (CT) in traumatic brain injury and appendicitis, reductions in numbers of imaging studies, and decreases in dose per image.

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