Study: CT Scans Will Cause Cancer Deaths

Study: CT Scans Will Cause Cancer Deaths

There are 5 comments on the Fox 8 WGHP story from Dec 15, 2009, titled Study: CT Scans Will Cause Cancer Deaths. In it, Fox 8 WGHP reports that:

Each year that today's scanners are used, 14,500 deaths could result, researchers say.

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KBonz

Burlington, NC

#1 Dec 17, 2009
MRI is a safer way to do the same thing, but with better results, at comparable pricing. So why is there a problem. Big Bucks, that's why!
Obamacare

Eatonton, GA

#2 Dec 17, 2009
No problem,we won't be having CT's or any other procedures when Obama is done.
NW Hominid

Kent, WA

#3 Dec 17, 2009
Won't get those outrageuos insurance rates...
Rad1

Saint Charles, MO

#4 Dec 22, 2009
MRI is not always a suitable replacement for a CT scan. Not to mention that exam times are much longer. A patient would die waiting for an MRI to be done in a trauma situation.
Walt

Greensboro, NC

#5 Apr 17, 2010
MRI does not do the same thing. They are different tests, both with their uses.

Sensationalist headlines like this are ridiculous. Yes, CT involves radiation that has risk when spread across the entire population of people who have risks. But the risks are orders of magnitude smaller than the risk of having a serious, undiagnosed, and untreated condition. On balance, CT is an enormous SAVER is lives.

MRI has killed people too. Metal objects have flown into MRI bores, killing patients. Contrast reactions can occur. Is that a reason not to have an MRI and remain undiagnosed? What about if you have a pacemaker or other implanted electronic device?

Manufacturers and physicians are constantly working on ways to lower the radiation dose and risk of CT scanning.

So, please by all means refuse a CT scan when you need one. Preferably before you reproduce.

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