HealthDay — December 18 (HealthDay News) — Repeat CT scans deliver a big dose of potentially hazardous radiation over time, but the short-term benefit may outweigh the long-term risk for men with testicular cancer, a new study suggests.
With Americans getting more and more CT scans, concerns exist about the potential for that radiation exposure to raise a person’s cancer risk years later.
Last month, a study found that having multiple chest CTs may slightly raise a woman’s risk of breast cancer later in life.
But CT scans can be important in diagnosing or treating an injury or disease, including many cancers. Doctor use them to guide biopsies, or to see whether chemotherapy is shrinking a tumor, for example.
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Note: Diagnostic Imaging Services has been a public supporter of the Image Gently and Image Wisely national campaigns for increased patient safety with exams involving medical radiation. Nearly two years ago, D.I.S. implemented software systems, imaging protocols and shielding guidelines to maximize patient safety. We know of no other outpatient or hospital imaging center in greater New Orleans metropolitan market that has come out in public support for either campaign. To find out more, visit www.imagegently.org or www.imagewisely.org.