Trauma patients treated in US emergency rooms on average are exposed to radiation equivalent to 1 005 chest X-rays each, enough to raise their risk of cancer, researchers reported.
Annals of Emergency Medicine, they analysed the records of 86 patients who came to a level one trauma centre over a three-month period in 2006. More than half had been in car accidents.
Patients being x-rayed unnecessarily
"Multi-trauma patients are at high risk of life-threatening injuries, which clearly justifies aggressive testing to determine the best course of treatment using all the tools available in the emergency department," Winslow said.
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