Children are receiving more radiation at the hospital now then they did in the last decade. A new study finds CT scans of kids have increased fivefold between 1995 and 2008. Most of the scans—nearly 90 percent—are performed on children in non-pediatric emergency rooms.
Children are more susceptible to radiation’s harmful effects, so what considerations should parents have before signing off on a CT scan? Is it better to take your child to a children’s hospital, and what’s the difference in care compared to a regular hospital?
CNN senior medial correspondent Elizabeth Cohen addresses these questions on American Morning today.