Do You Really Need that CT Scan?

In the ER, the doctor insists on it. Maybe you should push back.

When you find yourself unexpectedly in a hospital’s ER, you might not be in a position to question the medical necessity of a CT scan. But if there is time for debate, ongoing research suggests it is in your best interest to at least inquireif there is a better alternative, such as an X-ray, ultrasound, MRI, “watching and waiting,” or obtaining a second opinion.

CT scans are powerful diagnostic tools, but they aren’t always worth the inherent risks. Their usage has increased considerably, with fewer than 3 million done each year in the 1980s and 80 million per year currently.

That is a 2,500 percent increase, Consumer Reports noted in a 2015 investigation. The report also found that one-third of the 80 million CT scans taken every year lack medical backing.

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LCU volleyball player stricken during match, taken into surgery

Lubbock Christian University volleyball player Malori Maddox was in surgery Tuesday night at a Wichita Falls hospital after being stricken during the Lady Chaparrals’ match at Midwestern State.

Several social media posts said Maddox was diagnosed with a brain bleed.

LCU spokesman Warren McNeill said he could not confirm the veracity of those reports, but confirmed that Maddox was in surgery shortly before 10 p.m.

“I do know that she was not feeling well, because she thought she had a migraine,” said McNeill, LCU’s vice president for university relations.

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Kansas high school football player dies after collapsing during game

High school football player Luke Schemm has died, one day after he collapsed during a game in Sharon Springs, Kan.

CBS News reports Schemm, a senior linebacker at Wallace County High School, was pulled off life support Wednesday afternoon, according to Swedish Medical Center in Denver.

Schemm’s father, David Schemm, told CBS affiliate KWCH in Wichita, Kan. that his son suffered brain trauma after the game, which caused it to swell and cut off blood flow. Schemm collapsed on the sidelines after scoring a touchdown. He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital before being flown to Denver, about 220 miles east of Sharon Springs.

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California high school football players suffers head injury while making tackle

Yet another high school football player was seriously injured during a game this weekend.

Josh Nava of Riverside Poly High School in California suffered a head injury Friday night while making a tackle during a game against Moreno Valley Rancho Verde.

Nava was placed in a medically induced coma at Riverside Community Hospital, the Press Enterprise reported. He is expected to “remain under observation for at least the next three days,” the school posted on Facebook.

Josh recently recovered from a concussion he suffered two weeks ago, sources told KTLA.

Video from Friday night’s game shows the senior safety make the hit, then struggle to get to the sideline before collapsing.

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Tennessee football player in critical condition after head injury

UPDATED: A hospital spokeswoman said Monday that Baylor Bramble remains in critical condition. The family has not issued a statement on the incident.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn.— A Siegel High School football player is in critical condition and in the trauma unit at Vanderbilt University Medical Center after being life-flighted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center after sustaining a head injury during Friday night’s 44-14 win over Warren County.

Baylor Bramble, a 5-foot-8 junior cornerback, had emergency surgery about 1 a.m. Saturday to relieve pressure on his brain, Siegel football coach Greg Wyant said.

Bramble made his first career start in the Stars’ first win of the season against the Pioneers in McMinnville.

“He came off the field in the fourth quarter and told me his head hurt,” Wyant said. “It went downhill from there.”

Wyant said Bramble was sent to the trainer to be examined. He was placed in an ambulance after the game and sent to the McMinnville Municipal Airport where he was flown to Nashville, Wyant said.

Siegel assistant Jason Pitts said he never saw Bramble suffer a blow to the head against the Pioneers. He said he has reviewed the film multiple times but didn’t see any questionable contact.

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High school football player Andre Smith dies in Illinois

COOK COUNTY, Illinois — A high school football player in Illinois has died after suffering injuries during a game.

Andre Smith, 17, died of “blunt force head injuries due to a football accident,” according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

CNN affiliate WBBM reported that Smith was injured Thursday and died early Friday.

He hit his head on the final play of the game, walked off the field but later collapsed, the affiliate said.

Smith was a senior at Bogan High School.

According to the Illinois High School Association, Smith was the seventh high school football player to die this year nationwide.

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Dad: Teen’s death caused by brain hemorrhage

BOSTON —The father of a 16-year-old Massachusetts high school student who died unexpectedly after collapsing at field hockey practice says his daughter succumbed to a brain hemorrhage.

Matthew Dunne tells The Boston Globe his daughter, Casey, a junior at Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, had no pre-existing medical conditions he knew of.

Casey Dunne, of Wellesley, was practicing Friday when she collapsed.

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Seattle High School Football Player Was Brought to Hospital With Head Injury Before He Died

A high school football player who was hurt in a game had surgery for a head injury days before he died at a Seattle hospital.

Kenny Bui, 17, died Monday, three days after arriving at Seattle’s harbor view Medical Center, according to hospital officials.

A spokeswoman for the hospital said Bui arrived with a head injury and was quickly taken into surgery. After surgery, Bui was transferred to the intensive care unit and was sedated and on a ventilator, as is common for patients in the ICU.

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High School Football Players Go To Hospital With ‘Mysterious’ Brain Injuries: The Long-Term Effects Of TBI On Teens

Two California high school boys were hospitalized Monday after a routine football game, both with brain injuries. The students, who were on the Union Mine High School junior varsity team, began acting weird and fatigued after the game — then collapsed shortly after.

One of the players, Justin Schwartz, was released from the hospital with a grade 3 concussion and a nerve injury in his neck, but Nick Brown remains in critical condition due to a “high impact blow to the head that caused a subdural brain bleed,” his family said in a statement.

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Three weeks, three communities, three high school football player deaths

On the same day that the high school football community in New Jersey was mourning the death of Warren Hills Regional quarterback Evan Murray, Bartlesville (Okla.) was celebrating the life of Ben Hamm.

The funeral for Hamm, 16, was held Saturday morning. Hamm, a junior from Bartlesville’s Wesleyan Christian School, died Sept. 19 from injuries he suffered in game eight days earlier.

The death of Murray and Hamm follow the death of Franklin Parrish (Winnsboro, La.) player Tyrell Cameron in a Sept. 4 game in Louisiana. Late Friday night, Franklin Parish beat Richwood in overtime, its first victory since Cameron’s death.

According to the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research at the University of North Carolina, five high school players died last season of causes directly related to football such as head and spine injuries. Seven more high school players died from indirect causes such as heatstroke.

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