Monday, October 17, 2011

White Children Far More Likely to Receive CT Scans Than Hispanic, African-American Children

ScienceDaily (Oct. 16, 2011) — White children are far more likely to receive cranial computed tomography (CT) scans in an emergency department following minor head trauma than are African-American or Hispanic children, a study by researchers at UC Davis has found.

The study findings do not indicate that CT scans are underused in treating African-American and Hispanic children, the researchers said. Rather, they suggest that white children may receive too many CT scans -- and for that reason may be exposed to unnecessary radiation.

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