Head CT still overused in kids with trauma

Scans have 'limitations as a picture of brain anatomy'

Despite international efforts to reduce CT neuroimaging for paediatric head trauma, there has not been a significant decline in the past decade in the USA, researchers report.

Dr Brett Burstein from Montreal Children's Hospital, McGill University Health Centre, in Montreal, Canada, and colleagues used emergency department data sets from 2007 to 2015 to evaluate trends in the use of CT neuroimaging among children presenting with head trauma.

Overall, nearly a third (32%) of children with head injuries underwent