Optimizing Imaging in the Pediatric Trauma Patient, Part 2: Thoracic and Abdominal Trauma - Trauma EXTRA Supplement (Trauma CME) | Points & Pearls
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Optimizing Imaging in the Pediatric Trauma Patient, Part 2: Thoracic and Abdominal Trauma - Trauma EXTRA Supplement (Trauma CME)

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  • Given their small size and growing tissues, children have the highest effective radiation dose and are potentially at higher risk from radiation exposure due to organ sensitivity and longer remaining life expectancy.1
  • Clinicians should follow the safety principles of ALARA and the Image Gently® campaign when imaging pediatric trauma patients and should consider the use of validated clinical decision tools for trauma imaging to help reduce unnecessary radiation exposure in these patients.
  • CT of the chest is more sensitive than radiographs and is able to detect both large and small pneumothoraces; however, small pneumothoraces that are not detected on chest radio-graphs might not impact clinical management.8
  • In conjunction with chest radiographs, ultrasound can be used to assess for significant hemothorax or hemopericardium.
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Authors

Jinel Scott, MD, MBA; Tarundeep Grewal, MD; Selwena Brewster, MD; Ambreen Khan, MD, FAAP

Peer Reviewed By

Michelle Arzubi-Hughes, DO; Peter Gutierrez, MD, FAAP

Publication Date

September 30, 2022

CME Expiration Date

September 30, 2025

Pub Med ID: 36166678

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