CT versus ultrasound guidance for percutaneous drainages in the pediatric population: An institutional review meant to limit radiation

Steven Benitez, Alan H. Schoenfeld, Sarah Zwany, Anita Mehta, Todd S. Miller, Benjamin Taragin

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Computed tomography (CT)-guided percutaneous drainage is a minimally invasive procedure that allows for accurate diagnosis and therapy with minimal complications. The drawback is that CT guidance carries a significant amount of radiation exposure. CT-guided percutaneous drainages have been widely used in adults and have been gaining momentum within the pediatric population. Through a thorough review of our institution's (Montefiore Medical Center) CT-guided percutaneous drainages within our pediatric patients, we assessed the radiation exposure per study as well as which studies were deemed possible under ultrasound guidance as a possible alternative.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)431-434
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Imaging
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2016



  • Drainage
  • Radiation reduction
  • Ultrasound
  • Utilization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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