Half of Parents in Study on Pediatric CT Did Not Know Risks

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A cross-sectional survey of 742 parents of children with head injuries being treated in Canadian emergency departments found that 52% said they did not know that a CT scan could increase their child’s risk of developing cancer at a later date. The researchers from τhe Hospital for Sick Children at the University of Toronto, and Alberta Children's Hospital and Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute at University of Calgary also examined if being informed about CT risks changed the parents’ willingness to proceed with the imaging test. Before the parents were informed about risk, 90,4% of the parents said they were “very willing/willing” to proceed with head CT. After the risk disclosure, willingness decreased to 69.6% (P Read the abstract here.