Here are excerpts from an article I found on nutritionalist and health activist,Dr. Mercola’s Website, while waiting for my flight back to Tampa today:

CT scans yield higher-resolution images than regular medical X-rays. Unfortunately, they also expose the patient to hundreds and sometimes thousands of times the amount of radiation.

The routine use of CT scans has vastly increased. In 1980, there were roughly 3 million CT scans performed. By 2007, that number had increased to 70 million. CT scans are now being promoted to healthy people — even whole body CT scans.

According to Life Extension Magazine:

“The problem is that the explosion in unnecessary CT scans has been going on every year. If we carry this back just ten years, this means that 150,000 Americans are facing horrific deaths from CT scan-induced cancers.”

Here’s more:

Nearly 30,000 Get Cancer EVERY Year in the US from CT Scans
According to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine last year, CT scans alone will cause nearly 30,,000 unnecessary cancer cases (about 2 percent of cancer cases), which will lead to about 14,500 deaths.

But wait, there’s more bad news.

While 30,000 cancer cases is a large number, a New England Journal of Medicine study from 2007 estimated that overuse of diagnostic CT scans may cause up to 3 million excess cancers over the next 20 to 30 years.

For those slow on math that is 1,00X more deaths over the next 25 years.

David Brenner of Columbia University, lead author of the study, told USA Today:

“About one-third of all CT scans that are done right now are medically unnecessary … Virtually anyone who presents in the emergency room with pain in the belly or a chronic headache will automatically get a CT scan. Is that justified?”

There is lots more to read by going to:
Nearly 30,000 Americans Get Cancer From This One Procedure EVERY Year–Will You?

I’m sure it is always best to avoid any medical test if possible. But this article does seem a bit alarmist. I am curious to find out the difference in radiation levels between a CT scan, full body x-ray bone survey and MRI, since I get a bone survey and MRI’s fairly regularly. I will do a little research and report back.

Feel good and keep smiling! Pat

2 thoughts on “Alarmist Article About CT Scans–As Cancer Patients, What Choice Do We Have?

  1. Pat –

    While you're at it, can you please differentiate between a PET scan and a CT scan? I do believe they are different.

    MRIs should pose no health risk, by the way — that much I did research since I have to do so many of them! 🙂

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