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    Study: CT Guidelines Lower Children’s Health Risks, Cut Costs

    Health Imaging & IT

    Setting guidelines for CT scans of children with head injuries can lower  patients’ risks of radiation overdose, reduce hospital stay times, improve patient and family satisfaction and cut costs, according to a study from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The research, presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics, found that establishing CT guidelines at Cincinnati Children’s reduced the number of scans, shortened patients’ hospital stays and reduced average patients’ costs by $8,000. Following initial CTs of newly admitted patients, trauma physicians, neurosurgeons and nurses developed guidelines for further scanning of patients depending on whether patients’ injuries put them at low, normal or high risks.

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