Balancing the Risks of Radiation and Anesthesia in Pediatric Patients.
J Am Coll Radiol. 2017 Jul 24. pii: S1546-1440(17)30694-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2017.06.014.
Tucker EW1, Jain SK2, Mahesh M3.
As health care advances, medical care is becoming more complicated. Pediatric patients with multiple comorbidities are living longer with assistive devices (tracheostomy, ventilators, etc) and often are at risk for serious complications, including those related to device failure or malfunction as well as the acquisition of multiple-drug-resistant infections. Management of these patients and the ensuing complications often requires imaging for diagnosis and monitoring of treatment response. Physicians are often faced with balancing the benefit of obtaining clinical data from imaging with the risks associated with different imaging modalities.