For the first time, federal officials have issued clinical guidelines for healthcare providers trying to determine if a child has a concussion, recommending that CT scans not be used routinely to diagnose these conditions.
In New Jersey, aof hospitals and providers have already adopted similar protocols in an attempt to accurately diagnose head injuries and protect young patients from unnecessary radiation. As a result, fewer Garden State kids — including scores of student athletes — are getting unnecessary scans today.
CT scans, orscans, use a relatively small amount of radiation to create cross-sections of the body or brain. They have become a critical tool for assessing tissue damage in millions of children nationwide, including thousands of New Jersey youngsters each year.