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Demand for CT scans increases during transition from paediatric to adult care: an observational study from 2009 to 2015

Thurley, Peter; Crookdake, Jonathan; Norwood, Mark; Sturrock, Nigel; Fogarty, Andrew W.

Authors

Peter Thurley

Jonathan Crookdake

Mark Norwood

Nigel Sturrock

Andrew W. Fogarty andrew.fogarty@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Avoiding unnecessary radiation exposure is a clinical priority in children and young adults. We aimed to explore demand for CT scans in a busy general hospital with particular interest in the period of transition from paediatric to adult medical care.
METHODS: We used an observational epidemiological study based in a teaching hospital. Data were obtained on numbers and rates of CT scans from 2009 to 2015. The main outcome was age-stratified rates of receiving a CT scan.
RESULTS: There were a total of 262,221 CT scans. There was a large step change in the rate of CT scans over the period of transition from paediatric to adult medical care. Individuals aged 10-15 years experienced 6.7 CT scans per 1000 clinical episodes, while those aged 19-24 years experienced 19.8 CT scans per 1000 clinical episodes (p

Journal Article Type Article
Journal British Journal of Radiology
Print ISSN 0007-1285
Electronic ISSN 0007-1285
Publisher British Institute of Radiology
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Thurley, P., Crookdake, J., Norwood, M., Sturrock, N., & Fogarty, A. W. (in press). Demand for CT scans increases during transition from paediatric to adult care: an observational study from 2009 to 2015. British Journal of Radiology, doi:10.1259/bjr.20170467
DOI https://doi.org/10.1259/bjr.20170467
Keywords CT scan, adolescence, age, demand, radiation
Publisher URL http://www.birpublications.org/doi/10.1259/bjr.20170467
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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