Pediatrics/CT scan

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My 10 years daughter had two successive CT scan , one with a dye to role out appendicitis. I am concerned about her safety. Please i need your advice.

Answer
CT scans are a significant dose of radiation and should only be done if needed. I am not a surgeon or a radiologist but my understanding is that ultrasound is pretty good at assessing appendicitis and does not involve radiation. However there may have been other reasons that a CT scan was felt necessary.

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Dr Graham Smith

Expertise

I am accredited in general paediatrics and paediatric nephrology and and am happy to answer questions on both topics. It is not possible or safe to assess acutely sick children through this medium. Such children should be taken to their own doctor, where a full history can be taken and an examination carried out.

Experience

I have been a consultant paediatrician and paediatric nephrologist for 13 years. I have been involved in paediatrics for 22 years.

Organizations
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
British Association for Paediatric Nephrology
European Society for Paediatric Nephrology
International Pediatric Nephrology Association

Publications
Archives of Disease in Childhood
British Medical Journal
Pediatric Nephrology
Current Paediatrics
Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation
Nephrology and Urology

Education/Credentials
MA (Cantab)
MB BS (London)
MRCP
FRCPCH

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