Overuse of CT scan is causes to cancer. According the records now CT scan is become first choice for physicians to diagnose some normal conditions like back pain. According to the official record CT scan is growing at about 12 percent each year. Well, some radiologists are showing their concern regarding CT scan, they are requesting to the doctors to be more careful about ordering CT scans.
Ct scans causes cancer by 0.04%. Well, sometimes CT scans are very useful and saves patients from some undertaking more invasive checkups. Most of the CT scans ordered by physicians are appropriate.
What is CT Scan Exactly:-
Computerized tomography or CT scans is a medical imaging method for capturing cross sections images. CT scans can expose patient for medical ionizing radiation .
CT scans machine expose higher radiation dose than any conventional x-ray machine.
Here we’ve an example for this:-
CT scan of chest is expose 100 times more radiation dose as comparatively any routine chest x-ray
CT scan is really very dangerous?? :-
The risk of developing cancer from a CT scan is relatively 0.4%, and very small. It is recorded that more than 300 new cases of the disease cancer every year in Australia may be attributed to the radiation expose. This report is based on estimation of the government that near to 114,000 Australians suffering from cancer, and getting cancer every year.
According to the council:-
It is decided by the cancer council that CT scans should not be for those patients who are having normal back pain, fever, unexplained weight loss, and recent significant injury.
Examples for unnecessary CT scans:-
• Patients who have been successfully treated for cancer and long term follow up in the patients.
• Routinely scans for common symptoms like normal back pain.
• To avoid medico-legal issue.
Good use of CT scan:-
• To ensure that there is no metastatic disease in a patient body before any radical surgery.
• Investigation of some special symptoms, and signs in a patient body.
• Sometimes work as a substitute for an invasive procedure like laparotomy.
What should patients do in these conditions:-
If your doctor is ordering CT scan for you, you can ask to your doctor that how this CT scan will benefit for you, you can also ask for some alternative investigations.
One thing you should kept in mind that CT scan has been overly prescribed in some serious circumstances. Patients should be informed about all the risk by the physicians.
Well, CT scan is very useful in some circumstances and saves patient from some invasive test. Most of the CT scan ordered by doctors are appropriate.