A study led by Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota’s Anupam Kharbanda, MD, shows that children receiving computed tomography (CT) scans often received significant doses of radiation.

Dr. Kharbanda, a pediatric emergency medicine physician at Children’s, was the lead author on “Analysis of Radiation Exposure Among Pediatric Trauma Patients at National Trauma Centers.” The study, which used a database of children receiving treatment for traumatic injuries at trauma centers across the United States, is published in the Journal of Trauma, March 2013.

CT scans have become a mainstay of initial evaluation for both pediatric and adult patients who have experienced trauma – one of the most frequent emergency department complaints.
Approaching the issue from the perspective that children are not simply small adults, Dr. Kharbanda and his team sought to investigate the effects of radiation exposure on pediatric patients. Children are more sensitive than adult patients to the effects of ionizing radiation but few studies have described the radiation exposure to pediatric patients during these evaluations.

Read more about the research here »

Anupam Kharbanda, MD, Andrew Flood, career scientist, Karen Blumberg, MD, and Nathan Kreykes, MD, “Analysis of Radiation Exposure Among Pediatric Trauma Patients at National Trauma Centers.” Journal of Trauma. March 2013.

Research Team

Anupam Kharbanda, MD, emergency medicine

Andrew Flood, career scientist

Karen Blumberg, MD, radiology

Nathan Kreykes, MD, surgery

Children’s radiology program fast facts:

• Radiology procedures located at three Children’s locations: Minneapolis, St. Paul and Minnetonka

• 100,000+ radiology procedures performed annually, including Dexa scanning at St. Paul

• Coordinated, pediatric focused care – all in one location – with sedation capabilities when needed

• Adhere to Image Gently guidelines

• All scans read by a Children's pediatric, board-certified radiologist

• Nitrous oxide used when possible to reduce radiation dosages