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CT-scan radiologists on alert for overdoses | The Columbus Disp...

There are 3 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Oct 18, 2009, titled CT-scan radiologists on alert for overdoses | The Columbus Disp.... In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Registered CT technologist Susan Heath and Dr. Tom Buse look over CT-scan results at Riverside Methodist Hospital.

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TBDBITL Buck

Piqua, OH

#1 Oct 18, 2009
As a registered Rad Tech I would like both patients and referring physicians to clearly understand two key points:

1. Radiation dose is accumulative - it all adds up over the course of your life so don't push for additional x-ray type studies unless they can deliver significant, useful information.

2. CT scanners use significantly higher doses of radiation than most other x-ray studies. In this story, patients were receiving the equivalent of 8 studies. BUt if you have a complete spine study, that could actually represent 3 or 4 studies. It is even more critical in children to monitor the number of studies.

The bottom line: don't be nonchalant about exposure to x-ray. As smart as medical professionals think we are, we don't actually know what the long term effects could be on any given patient.
Mike

Ashburn, VA

#2 Oct 18, 2009
Unauthorized changes + stupid people in charge = LAWSUIT

Its ok, keep our insurance costs up, Obama is going to save us all.
John

Pound Ridge, NY

#3 Oct 18, 2009
They all thing they are some kind of Gods and smarter than the rest of us. I have had Ct scans many times, If that happend to me I will own the damn hospt for hiring a bunch of jackasses that think they are smarter and more tech savey than the settings that the thing was made with.They all think they are heroes. Big head = bigger mistakes

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