How can parents reach an informed decision on whether medical imaging is necessary for their young children, particularly tests that require radiation exposure? U.S. News & World Report consulted Dr. Brett Burstein, a researcher in the Child Health and Human Development Program and Centre for Innovative Medicine at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) and a pediatric emergency medicine physician at the Montreal Children’s Hospital of the MUHC. Dr. Burstein published two high-impact studies this fall on diagnostic imaging overuse, looking at chest X-rays for children under the age of two with bronchiolitis and CT scans for children with head injuries. He is one of the experts who recommend that parents and clinicians discuss the need for imaging or other tests that might help with diagnosis or influence treatment, before proceeding.
December 20, 2018