According to new research, computed tomography (CT) scans can successfully detect fractures using 14-times less the amount of radiation than a standard CT scan. The findings were presented today, March 2, at the 2016 American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) Annual Meeting.
CT scans are the most frequently-used imaging tools in medicine. Doctors consider the overall risk low, but radiation has been linked to an increased risk of cancer. The issue has raised public health concerns regarding how the radiation exposure affects children and young adults. About 600,000 head and abdominal CT scans are performed each year on children under 15. Federal agencies and medical societies are working to reduce the number of unnecessary scans.