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According to a recent study, traumatic brain injury among children is uncommon, yet nearly half of U.S. children taken to hospital emergency departments (ED) for head injuries receive a CT scan, Medical Xpress reports.

The study revealed that a CT scan is not necessary but is mostly used to ease parents’ concerns. According to Medical Xpress, Lise Nigrovic, MD, MPH, of Children's Hospital Boston and co-author of the study, said in a statement, “Only a small percentage of children with blunt head trauma really have something serious going on. If you can be watched in the ED for a few hours, you may not need a CT."

The study, led by Children's Hospital Boston and UC Davis, consisted of more than 40,000 children with only minor blunt head trauma. Findings from the study showed that allowing a period of observation can reduce the use of CT scans by about 50 percent and prevent exposure to ionizing radiation.

Researchers say the change in procedure would be cost-effective as well.

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