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Is the CT scan your doctor ordered really necessary? Why you should ask.
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Is the CT scan your doctor ordered really necessary? Why you should ask.

It's summer in Maine — the time of year to open your windows, smell the flowers and enjoy being outside after many months of being cooped up indoors. It's also the time of year children are more likely to experience sprains, strains and falls. Outdoor sports and bike-riding are particularly likely to land them in the emergency room or urgent care office, frequently with head injuries.

An injury to the head can be scary for parents and children, but most are mild and do not cause significant damage. Even so, about half of all children seen in the ER for a head injury will undergo a CT scan, which is a specialized X-ray of the brain. Research shows that about one-third of those CT scans are unnecessary. Read more ...

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