Repeat abdominal computed tomography scans after pediatric blunt abdominal trauma: missed injuries, extra costs, and unnecessary radiation exposure.

@article{Cook2010RepeatAC,
  title={Repeat abdominal computed tomography scans after pediatric blunt abdominal trauma: missed injuries, extra costs, and unnecessary radiation exposure.},
  author={Steven H. Cook and Julia Fielding and Joseph D. Phillips},
  journal={Journal of pediatric surgery},
  year={2010},
  volume={45 10},
  pages={2019-24}
}
PURPOSE We hypothesized that pediatric blunt trauma patients, initially evaluated at nontrauma centers with abdominal computed tomography (CT) scans, often undergo repeat scans after transfer. This study was designed to quantify this phenomenon, assess consequences, and elucidate possible causes. METHODS This article is an institutional review board-approved, retrospective chart review of pediatric blunt abdominal trauma patients transferred to a level I trauma center from 2002 to 2007 and… CONTINUE READING

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