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CT Scans for Children With Head Injuries (AAP)

Campaign Series: Choosing Wisely
Medical Category: Imaging
Article Type: Advice
Language: Plain English, Spanish
Affiliation: American Academy of Pediatrics
Format: HTML, PDF
Most recent update: 03/20/2014
For children with head injuries, a CT scan often is not needed. They are useful for skull fractures or bleeding in the brain, but not for mild concussions. Before ordering a CT scan, the doctor should examine the child and ask about the injury and symptoms.