Too much of a good thing?

Study finds that many chest X-ray exams in children may be unnecessary


Report by Dr A Barclay, Editor, Diagnostic Imaging Europe

One of the most frequently carried out procedures carried out in pediatric cases is the simple chest X-ray 

The results of recent work carried out at the Mayo Clinic in the USA and presented at the recent RSNA meeting suggest that many of these exams are unnecessary and do not affect patient management decisions.

Many pediatric chest X-rays could thus simply be avoided, with no effect on patient outcome


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