Study could change procedures for kids' head injuries

The results of a new study could change the way that children are treated after suffering head injuries, resulting in less exposure to radiation for kids and less expensive trips to the hospital for parents.

The new study, published in the June issue of Pediatrics, looked at more than 40,000 children who were treated for minor blunt head trauma. The results show that most children can be observed in an emergency room for a certain period of time in place of the standard CT scan, eliminating unnecessary exposure to radiation.

Doctors participating in the study also found that only a small percentage of children who suffered blunt head trauma experienced a more serious brain injury as a result.

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