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Analysis of radiation exposure in trauma patients at a level I trauma center

BACKGROUND: Trauma patients are exposed to potentially high levels of low-dose radiation during radiologic studies. OBJECTIVES: To assess the cumulative effective dose (CED) of radiation exposure (RE) in 177 successive patients admitted to a trauma service from January 1 through February 28, 2006. RESULTS: Patients received a total of 1505 radiographs and 400 computed tomography (CT) scans in the study period. The CED was 14.56 mSv (0.97 mSv radiographs, 13.59 mSv CT scans) per patient total length of stay (LOS). CED averaged 8.66 mSv in the first hour and 11.76 mSv in the first 24 h after arrival. The most commonly performed CT scan was brain (n = 147), followed by abdomen and pelvis (n = 80), and cervical spine (n = 69). CT scans of the brain and cervical spine were the most commonly performed combined imaging tests (35%). Twelve percent of patients received no radiographs, and 15% received no CT scans. Six or more CT scans were done in 6% of patients. RE increased with longer LOS (> 6 days vs. 3-5 days vs. 1 day, p < 0.05). 'Pan-scans' (a combination of CTs of the brain, cervical spine, chest, abdomen, and pelvis) were done in 13% (n = 23) of patients. There was a higher total RE from CT scans (25.09 mSv +/- 19.48 mSv vs. 4.93 mSv +/- 14.20 mSv) in patients with injury severity score (ISS) > 9 vs. 9 and longer LOS

Keywords : Abdomen,Adolescent,Adult,analysis,Brain,diagnostic imaging,Female,Humans,injuries,Injury Severity Score,Length of Stay,Male,Middle Aged,Patients,Pelvis,Radiation Dosage,Spine,statistics & numerical data,Tomography,X-Ray Computed,Trauma Centers,Wounds and Injuries,Young Adult,, Radiation,Exposure,Trauma, ultrasound clinic london

Date of Publication : 2011 Dec

Authors : Sharma OP;Oswanski MF;Sidhu R;Krugh K;Culler AS;Spangler M;Ethington M;Stombaugh HA;Lauer SK;

Organisation : Trauma Services, The Toledo Hospital, Toledo, Ohio, USA

Journal of Publication : J Emerg Med

Pubmed Link : https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21536401

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