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    Friday, June 29, 2012

    TOO MANY X-RAYS ARE HARMFUL

    CT scans is associated with significant radiation exposure in some patients; the risks should be considered carefully when imaging for chronic disease and when screening asymptomatic individuals .It is estimated that 1.5-2.0% of US population cancers may be caused by CT radiation exposure. A retrospective, cohort study at a tertiary academic medical center identified 31,462 patients undergoing diagnostic CT during 2007; and 190,712 CTs over 22 years. Estimated lifetime attributable risk (LAR) for cancer was calculated. In this cohort, baseline cancer rates predicted 13,214 cancers and 6,292 fatal cancers; 98 additional cancers (62 fatal) were predicted from CT.

    REFERENCE:
    “Recurrent CT, Cumulative Radiation Exposure and Associated Radiation-Induced Cancer Risks from CT of Adults” by Sodickson A et al. Radiology 2009;251:175-184 Colonoscopy Prevents 15,000 Cancer Cases


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