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Imaging radiation risk and health

X-rays expose patients to low dose radiation, which is essential in providing adequate medical treatment and should therefore not be avoided in indicated cases. Computerized tomography (CT) scans provide more radiation exposure (x100) and are fast becoming a highly utilized diagnostic tool and measures to control its excess use is recommended. The smallest amount of radiation provides a degree of health risk, which correlates into 1,000 chest x-rays or 10 body CT scans conveying a 1% increased risk for developing cancer.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Washington Post

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About: Imaging radiation risk and health

Date: 29 June 2005

Source: Washington Post

Author: Shankar Vedantam

URL: http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/health/3246977

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This summary article refers to the following medical categories:

  • Cause of x-ray
  • Cause of cancer
  • Cause of radiation
  • Risk and x-rays
  • Risk and CT scan
  • Risk and cancer
  • Risk and radiation
  • Risk and imaging
  • Side effects
  • Side effects and x-rays
  • Side effects and CT scan
  • Side effects and cancer
  • Side effects and radiation
  • Side effects and imaging

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