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Overuse of Imaging: Policy for “as low as reasonably achievable” (ALARA) specific to children.

Numerator: The number of facilities that perform imaging of children with a policy for ALARA specific to the imaging of children. ALARA refers to the “as low as reasonably achievable” amount of radiation exposure for a given imaging study for a patient based on age and size. Facilities include all those that perform imaging of children, defined as a CT scan of any part of the body.

Denominator Statement: The number of facilities that perform imaging of children younger than 18 years old.

Measure Set: PQMP

Data Source: Survey DataMiscellaneous

Target Population: Adolescents, Children, Infants

Categories: Social Determinants of Health, Policies and Programs, Hospital policies & programs

Additional Information: http://www.ahrq.gov/policymakers/chipra/factsheets/index.html#tab1

Keywords: Follow up

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