Use of computed tomography scans on children being treated for headache remains too high considering the results often are not clinically useful while the children are exposed to unnecessary radiation, according to a new study in the journal Pediatrics.

“It’s ironic that providers sometimes use CT scans to rule out brain tumors or brain abnormalities because parents are concerned about this possibility--which is the cause of less than one percent of those with pediatric headache--when overuse of CT scans can increase the risk of brain tumors,” says Paul Young, M.D., a professor of pediatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine and a study co-author.

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