About Daniel Firestone, MD RDMS

Emergency physician
Kaiser Permanente Hospital, Orange County

Top 10 Reasons NOT to Order a CT Pan Scan in a Stable Blunt Trauma Patient

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The pendulum has swung one way with CT for trauma, but has it gone too far? Liberal use of CT raises concerns over resource utilization, cost, and the consequences of radiation exposure [1,2]. No-one can seem to agree, including trauma surgeons, on guidelines for a more selective use of imaging studies [3-6].

“CT pan scan” is the term, source unclear, which describes the whole body CT (WBCT) imaging strategy used in blunt trauma management. It consists of the following CT studies:

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2017-03-05T14:18:47-07:00

Top 10 reasons NOT to order a CT scan for suspected renal colic

CT_Scanner_01.jpg2d5efea2-a1b7-4c15-848e-4d6c5567eecfLargerExpertPeerReviewStamp2x200It appears that the excitement and utilization of computed tomography (CT) imaging in the emergency department (ED) has far outpaced our concern for the short- and long-term consequences of increased reliance on this technology. CT has greatly supplemented, or even replaced, our clinical decision making for many chief complaints.  Many articles document the dramatic increased CT use in contemporary practice, including a 330% increase in the rate of CT imaging from 1996 to 2007. The likelihood of a CT order being part of any ED encounter now approaches 15%, with no signs of decline.1

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