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Cancer Risk from Pediatric CT 

Cancer Risk from Pediatric CT
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Cancer Risk from Pediatric CT
Author(s):

Christoph I. Lee

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190223700.003.0048
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date: 16 July 2018

This chapter, found in the radiation exposure from medical imaging section of the book, provides a succinct synopsis of a key study estimating the potential radiation-induced cancer risk to pediatric patients undergoing computed tomography scans. This summary outlines the study methodology and design, major results, limitations and criticisms, related studies and additional information, and clinical implications. The study demonstrated that pediatric patients are at significantly increased lifetime radiation risks from CT compared to adults, and that every effort should be made to eliminate unnecessary radiation exposure among them. In addition to outlining the most salient features of the study, a clinical vignette is included in order to provide relevant clinical context.

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