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CT Scans Increase Threefold in Emergency Rooms, Raising Costs
San Francisco Chronicle

Use of advanced radiology to assess injuries increased about threefold over 10 years in emergency rooms in the U.S., raising costs and possibly adding to cancer risk, researchers said.

About 15 percent of the 6,567 patients with injuries who came to emergency departments in 2007 in cases surveyed by the researchers received computerized tomography or magnetic resonance imaging scans, according to the study from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. That compared with about 6 percent of 5,237 in 1998, the researchers said today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.