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CT Scans and Kids: Parents Often Unaware of Risks
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Mary Kathryn Lynch stood next to her young son in a Lake Tahoe emergency room. The Oakland resident had rushed her 9-year-old to the hospital after a ski accident left him groggy, curled up in the fetal position, and speaking incoherently. Nurses and hospital staff told Lynch that her son needed a CT scan of his head right away, she recalled. While Lynch and her husband were both worried the accident may have caused brain damage, her husband was also weighing risks of the scan’s radiation.