Rudy King is upset with Puyallup’s Good Samaritan Hospital because, he says, his 12-year-old son has a dangerous medical condition that could have been avoided if he had been given a CT scan.

King, an emergency room nurse, said Wednesday that last Friday night his son was in pain and showing symptoms of appendicitis.

His wife took their son, Rudy King Jr., to the emergency room at Good Samaritan. The hospital did some tests, King said, but the doctor refused to order a CT scan to see if anything was wrong with the appendix.

“She asked if they could do a CT just to rule it out, and they said, 'No, we feel like it’s 99 percent not appendicitis,' " King said.

Hours after going home, Rudy’s appendix burst. Doctors have now performed two emergency surgeries and he’s expected to be in the hospital for nearly a month.

“It’s very bad and he’s not out of the woods yet,” King said. “This could have killed him; he could have died from this.”

A CT scan does expose children to a large amount of radiation, and some doctors may be reluctant to perform them. In addition, some CT scans can cost up to $5,000.

But King said his child has now gone through three CT scans during his treatment for his burst appendix. King has filed a grievance against the hospital and is considering a lawsuit.

MultiCare Health System, which runs Good Sam in Puyallup,released a statement saying it cannot comment specifically on the case or its policy on CT scans. But it did say, “Safety of patients is our top priority. We will certainly look into this situation and respond to the family’s concerns.”