Computerized tomography utilization in children with appendicitis-differences in referring and children's hospitals.

@article{Neff2011ComputerizedTU,
  title={Computerized tomography utilization in children with appendicitis-differences in referring and children's hospitals.},
  author={Lucas P. Neff and Mitchell R Ladd and Robert D Becher and Ryan A Jordanhazy and Jared R. Gallaher and Thomas V Pranikoff},
  journal={The American surgeon},
  year={2011},
  volume={77 8},
  pages={1061-5}
}
Increasingly, physicians rely on computerized tomography (CT) to aid in the workup of acute appendicitis (AA) in children despite the potential negative effects of CT-associated radiation exposure. Few studies have investigated the context or location in which the decision to perform CT for AA is made. We sought to determine where the decision to use CT was made during the initial workup of pediatric patients who later underwent an appendectomy. We reviewed the medical record of all patients at… CONTINUE READING

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