3 ct scans in a month!
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Jonny

Biscoe, NC

#1 Mar 6, 2010
I am 38 years old. Last September I had 3 ct scans in a month period. One was ct scan with contrast of the abdomen. A week after that I began to have more pain and they gave me another for fear it was kidney stone it turned out to be my gall bladder. 2 weeks later I experienced dizziness and tremors which they gave me a ct scan of the brain. These are the only ct scans I have had in my life. I have watched several shows that express concern of ct scans and radiation. What do you all think? should I be concerned?
Alane

Missouri City, TX

#2 Mar 26, 2010
I am also worried about this. I had a Sinus CT scan 2 weeks ago, then this Monday and abdo ultrasound, then ended up in the ER Tuesday and they did a CAT scan of the abdomen and CAT scan of the brain. Doctors are now waiting on my insurance to approve MRIs for brain and abdomen but the insurance doctor will not approve because they are concerned that I have had too much radiation. Now I am worried, but it's too late. Why wouldn't doctors warn us of this? I did not realize until doing my own research that an MRI is safer. I would like to know if I should be concerned too about the amount of radiation I received. I have had a couple of CT scans in the past as well not to mention the numerous x rays and a hida scan of the gall bladder and also an MRI. thanks.
Penny

High Point, NC

#3 May 24, 2010
I have the same concerns. I had 2 CT scans and a bone scan within a 1 month period. I can absolutely not believe that Doctors do not warn patients of the danger.
Rob

Bronx, NY

#4 Jun 9, 2010
Im sure you all will be alright. If you feel that you've gone through too much radiation ask your doctor about it and see what they say...its pretty ignorant to sit here and diagnose yourself as taking in too much radiation when you know nothing about it. Believe me, there is an ammount of radiation a human body can go through per month and doctors dont just make you go through these processes if they know you've been through it 1-2 times before this past month. Let communication ease your minds. You people need to learn how to communicate instead of coming on a forum and asking people who know nothing about radiation.
treadlegal

New Albany, IN

#5 Aug 3, 2013
that is one attitude to take but your doctors have a different viewpoint. I personally need to look long term and was given a CT scan by a very bad doctor when there was no reason. but I was told I had to do it and also told I was fine. yes, this is true. it was "diagnostic". Then that started an upheaval all of which was not explained to me. they found this and that. so far all benign. but it generated fear. now there is one area they want another CT. It originally had a CT at another facility and the new place refused to compare it with theirs so now they want another of their own. that's 3 in 7 months. I put my foot down.

It is not always easy to be relaxed and sit there and communicate with your doctor when you have alot of fear, in terms of a past serious illness. Twice I have done what a doctor said against my best judgement and lived to regret it.

so to say "learn to communicate" is heartless and cruel. These forums give us a place to network and find info and think things out. I hope you are never in a positiion to worry about this.
Barbie B

Fargo, ND

#6 Sep 5, 2013
Lucky you! I'm 40 something and I have had more than 58 CT scans, MRIs, and other radiology films done. Don't worry about a 3 or 4 scans. That much radiation isn't bad, I would be more worried about your cell phone against your ear all day long!
Jonny wrote:
I am 38 years old. Last September I had 3 ct scans in a month period. One was ct scan with contrast of the abdomen. A week after that I began to have more pain and they gave me another for fear it was kidney stone it turned out to be my gall bladder. 2 weeks later I experienced dizziness and tremors which they gave me a ct scan of the brain. These are the only ct scans I have had in my life. I have watched several shows that express concern of ct scans and radiation. What do you all think? should I be concerned?

Since: Jan 15

Astoria, NY

#7 Jan 26, 2015
Barbie B wrote:
Lucky you! I'm 40 something and I have had more than 58 CT scans, MRIs, and other radiology films done. Don't worry about a 3 or 4 scans. That much radiation isn't bad, I would be more worried about your cell phone against your ear all day long!
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Any side effects to that radiation?
Grove street

Toronto, Canada

#8 May 23, 2015
Had 3 ct scans in 4 months
dianawhite

Grand Prairie, TX

#9 Dec 28, 2015
Barbie B wrote:
Lucky you! I'm 40 something and I have had more than 58 CT scans, MRIs, and other radiology films done. Don't worry about a 3 or 4 scans. That much radiation isn't bad, I would be more worried about your cell phone against your ear all day long!
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Did you ever have more than 6 in a month?
KLJ

Georgetown, Guyana

#10 Jan 31, 2016
Hey guys, i hope this helps you all. Im 20 years old. I had a ct scan in April 2015 and one again in January 2016. These ct scans were done to the head within a 9 month period. It turned out to be anxiety and i was told i have nothing to worry about by my doctor. Trust me 2 ct scans are not dangerous at all. It doesn't put u at risk to anything.
kausha

Kitchener, Canada

#11 May 31, 2016
Hi, I have a history of kidney stones. I had my CT scan in January 2016 and another is going to happen very soon, so is it okay to have 2 CTs within 5 months?
Dora Griggs

Huntington, WV

#12 Jul 3, 2016
Its really alarming when you put your body through this much radiation and the radiologist is so negligent he does not read the scans right. Doesen't have the knowledge or is not reliable enough to read what the scan show. Then on top of that he doesen't write a report that shows in two paragraphs that he is capable of knowing the difference between left or right. Sad, yet they want him to be paid for his inadequate and negligence.
boobyC

Montréal, Canada

#13 Aug 31, 2016
KLJ wrote:
Hey guys, i hope this helps you all. Im 20 years old. I had a ct scan in April 2015 and one again in January 2016. These ct scans were done to the head within a 9 month period. It turned out to be anxiety and i was told i have nothing to worry about by my doctor. Trust me 2 ct scans are not dangerous at all. It doesn't put u at risk to anything.
how would you know only a year after??? come back in 10 years then we'll talk
greatpretender

Parañaque, Philippines

#14 Oct 3, 2016
On the average the human body evolved on an environment with a background radiation exposure of 1 to 3.5 millisieverts per year.

A single abdominal CT scan will expose a person to 7 to 9 millisieverts per session.

So basically a single abdominal CT scan is like having 2 to 9 years of background radiation exposure introduce in just a few minutes.

The most widely accepted model posits that the incidence of cancers due to ionizing radiation increases linearly with effective radiation dose at a rate of 5.5% per sievert.
mark007

Gateshead, UK

#15 Nov 3, 2016
greatpretender wrote:
On the average the human body evolved on an environment with a background radiation exposure of 1 to 3.5 millisieverts per year.

A single abdominal CT scan will expose a person to 7 to 9 millisieverts per session.

So basically a single abdominal CT scan is like having 2 to 9 years of background radiation exposure introduce in just a few minutes.

The most widely accepted model posits that the incidence of cancers due to ionizing radiation increases linearly with effective radiation dose at a rate of 5.5% per sievert.
So how does this equate to say 5 chest scans as a percentage lifetime risk
jennyct

Ellington, CT

#16 Mar 28, 2017
If you have abdominal issues like diverticulitis and kidney stones, as well as IBS and gallbladder problems, be very worried. I have at one time or another had all of those. My risk is now 1/118 that I will get cancer from these CT scans. Mammograms add up too. My grandmother died from cancer at 52 and my aunt at 60. I am very worried.
ann

United States

#19 Jul 22, 2017
jennyct wrote:
If you have abdominal issues like diverticulitis and kidney stones, as well as IBS and gallbladder problems, be very worried. I have at one time or another had all of those. My risk is now 1/118 that I will get cancer from these CT scans. Mammograms add up too. My grandmother died from cancer at 52 and my aunt at 60. I am very worried.
Did your grandmother and aunt have previous CT scans?
ann

United States

#20 Jul 22, 2017
I had an abdominal-pelvic CT scan repeated with and without contrast back in 2010 at age 51. Now all I do is worry about it.
John

The Villages, FL

#21 Aug 10, 2017
Rob wrote:
Im sure you all will be alright. If you feel that you've gone through too much radiation ask your doctor about it and see what they say...its pretty ignorant to sit here and diagnose yourself as taking in too much radiation when you know nothing about it. Believe me, there is an ammount of radiation a human body can go through per month and doctors dont just make you go through these processes if they know you've been through it 1-2 times before this past month. Let communication ease your minds. You people need to learn how to communicate instead of coming on a forum and asking people who know nothing about radiation.
SO Rob are you a doctor? and if so A doc. of what ?
Beth

Lafayette, IN

#22 Sep 23, 2017
Rob wrote:
Im sure you all will be alright. If you feel that you've gone through too much radiation ask your doctor about it and see what they say...its pretty ignorant to sit here and diagnose yourself as taking in too much radiation when you know nothing about it. Believe me, there is an ammount of radiation a human body can go through per month and doctors dont just make you go through these processes if they know you've been through it 1-2 times before this past month. Let communication ease your minds. You people need to learn how to communicate instead of coming on a forum and asking people who know nothing about radiation.
Ive had 3 in 2 months for kidneys and everyone of the Dr. who ordered them were concerned about it. Nobody is trying to self diagnose anything. They are asking questions out of concern. You are very rude.

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