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CT scans not safe for humans, experts warn

4/27/2013 - Although the use of computed tomography (CT) scans has become increasingly common, there is no reliable evidence that such scans are safe, according to a paper recently published in the journal Radiology. "The number of CT exams in the U.S. has increased by about 10 percent each year over the past...

After minor head injury, repeat CT scans do more harm than good

3/6/2013 - Once a computed tomography (CT) scan has shown brain bleeding caused by a minor head injury, further CT scans provide little to no medical benefit, according to a study conducted by researchers from McMaster University and published in the journal Neurosurgery. Nevertheless, such second scans are standard...

Study: CT scans raise risk of brain cancer in children

6/12/2012 - Children who undergo computed tomography (CT) scans during their early years are significantly more prone to develop brain cancer than children who are not exposed to this high radiation source. These are the findings of a new study published in the journal Lancet, and ones that could change the way...

CT scans used to monitor success of cancer treatments cause more cancer, study finds

4/18/2011 - Men diagnosed with testicular cancer often choose to undergo regular computed tomography (CT) scans that monitor progress after treatment. But a new study published in the journal Cancer explains that these CT scans actually cause secondary cancers, and suggests that doctors consider this important...

Use of high-radiation CT scans in emergency rooms triples over nine years

12/19/2010 - The use of high-tech imaging devices in hospital emergency rooms increased threefold between 1998 and 2007, indicating an overall increase in radiation exposure for the US public, according to a study conducted by researchers from Johns Hopkins Medicine and published in the Journal of the American Medical...

CT scans pose serious health risks; experts ask FDA to regulate more

11/10/2010 - Writing in the New England Journal of Medicine, health experts have warned that overuse of computed tomography (CT) scans poses a major public health risk and must be reigned in by the federal government. CT scans use X-rays to create three-dimensional images of the body for diagnostic purposes....

FDA ignored evidence that CT scans are killing 14,000 Americans a year from cancer

8/26/2010 - FDA administrators sought to brush aside evidence that CT scans may be killing thousands of patients a year, say agency scientists. "I was first ignored, then pressured to change my scientific opinion, and when I refused to do that, I was intimidated and ultimately terminated," said gastroenterologist...

Radiation from CT scans causes 29,000 cancers a year, kills 14,500 Americans

4/21/2010 - Computerized tomography (CT) medical scans cause at least 29,000 cases of cancer and 14,500 deaths in the United States every year, according to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Shocking as this figure is, a second study published in the same issue and conducted by researchers...

CT Scans Cause Cancer

8/31/2009 - A computed tomography (CT) scan can detect calcified plaque in coronary arteries. And because this calcium-laced plaque is believed to be associated with the presence of heart disease, CT scans are being widely advertised and hyped at many medical centers. Mostly, the scans are aimed at the healthy...

CT Scans Raise Cancer Risk

4/5/2009 - A new study just published in the April issue of the medical journal Radiology has a sobering conclusion for anyone who thinks "non-invasive" CT scans are simply pain-free, high tech medical marvels with no downside. The research shows that people who undergo numerous computed tomography (CT) scans...

Americans Exposed to Atomic Bomb Levels of Radiation through Medical Imaging, CT Scans, Mammograms

3/4/2009 - A new report released by the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurement reveals that Americans' exposure to radiation has increased more than 600 percent over the last three decades. Most of that increase has come from patients' exposure to radiation through medical imaging scans such...

CT Scans Causing Cancer in Patients, Many Scans Medically Unjustified

7/15/2008 - A surge in the use of CT scans in the last 25 years has led to millions of patients per year being unnecessarily exposed to dangerous radiation that increases their risk of cancer, according to a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine. "It has been estimated that about 0.4 percent...

CT Scans Emit Massive Doses of Radiation, Promote Cancer

7/8/2008 - A British government report has called for tighter regulation of private clinics that offer full-body computed tomography (CT) scans, saying that such scans expose patients to a massive and cancer-promoting blast of radiation. Many private clinics offer full-body CT scans to patients who want to...

CT scans expose patients to 1,000 times the dose of chest x-rays

1/30/2004 10:02:34 AM - The real news isn't that dentist x-rays are causing hundreds of cancer cases each year, it's the stunning revelation that CT scans expose patients to 1,000 times the does of x-rays as regular chest x-rays. If this number comes as a shock to you, you're not alone: most doctors don't know it either....

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