CT scans may increase a person's risk of getting cancer - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock


CT scans may increase a person's risk of getting cancer

By Kristin Beerman | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A new study finds radiation doses for common ct procedures vary widely, which ties in with a recent report from the FDA that at least 250 people have been exposed to extremely high doses of radiation during routine scans, that could put them at an increased risk of cancer.  Researchers at the University of California San Francisco studied the radiation exposure linked to eleven common CT procedures and found radiation exposure, which for some patients was 13 times higher than other patients undergoing the same procedure.

"What we've learned is that we're getting a lot of radiation from CT scans and there is a lot of variability in the radiation that we're getting from different types of CT scans and that there are a lot of excess cancers," said Dr. Rita Redberg, with the University of California at San Francisco.

Researchers say more needs to be done to standardize CT scans, especially since the procedure is becoming more popular among healthy people as a preventive measure.

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