The key for doctors is to carefully evaluate the patient and do the test only if it's necessary and at the lowest possible dose of radiation, she said.
Also, proper interpretation of the results is key so that the test doesn't need to be repeated, she said.
Parents can play a role, she added. "Parents should ask about the test and why it is needed, but they shouldn't be so concerned that they avoid a test that is really necessary," Schulman said.
For more on radiation risks for children, visit the U.S. National Cancer Institute.
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