Parents, physicians raise concerns as CT scans among children increase.

The Washington Post reports that “many parents and doctors are raising … concerns as the use of CT scanning has surged among the young.”

Research “published online in the journal Radiology found that in almost 17 million emergency room visits by children from 1999 to 2007, the odds of a child’s receiving a CT scan rose every year.”

Donald Frush, chairman of the American College of Radiology’s pediatric radiology commission, said, “We do much more by CT.” According to Frush, “CT is a very, very helpful tool.”

The Post points out, however, that “many medical providers have pledged to reduce unnecessary CTs, with 15,798 signing on to an alliance campaign developed five years ago called Image Gently.”

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