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CT Scans in the Emergency Department (ACEP)

Campaign Series: Choosing Wisely
Medical Category: Imaging
Article Type: Advice
Language: Plain English, Spanish
Affiliation: American College of Emergency Physicians
Format: PDF
Most recent update: 07/29/2016
If you or someone you care for is in the emergency department, you want the medical staff to do everything they can to find out what’s wrong and provide the right treatment. The doctors in the emergency room want the same thing. If your doctor orders a CT scan, ask why you need it. And ask if your health problem could be managed without it. These facts about CT scans can help you talk with your doctor about them.