Otago Daily Times

CT scan risk highlighte­d


Wellington: Doctors in emergency department­s are being told to think twice before ordering a CT scan for children, under newly released head injury guidelines.

The guidelines for clinicians in New Zealand and Australia lay out the best strategies for diagnosing and treating mildtomode­rate head injuries such as concussion.

Prof Stuart Dalziel, Child Health Research Cure Kids chairman at the University of Auckland and a paediatric emergency physician at Starship, contribute­d to the guidelines, alongside specialist­s from Australia and New Zealand.

He said CT scans had not always been used consistent­ly across hospitals, and could cause cancer in from one in 5000 to one in 10,000 cases.

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