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Patients unaware of radiation risks of CT scans

CT-scanDoctors don’t often tell patients of CT scan risks By Andrew M. Seaman, Flag-USAChicago Tribune Reuters March 4, 2013 NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Only about a third of patients surveyed at one U.S. medical center said their doctors told them about the possible risks of a CT scan, such as radiation exposure, a new study finds.

Researchers, who published their findings in JAMA Internal Medicine on Monday, also found that most patients thought their doctors made the final decision to have the scans. “I think that sounds pretty consistent of what my experience would be as a patient, physician and with family members,” said Dr. Howard Forman, professor of diagnostic radiology and public health at the Yale School of Public Health in New Haven, Connecticut, who was not involved with the new study.

The new study jibes with previous research that found people are unaware of the radiation risks posed by CT scans (see Reuters Health article of January 3, 2013 here: http://reut.rs/VurqxS).

CT scans are high-powered X-rays that provide clearer images but expose patients to between ten and 100 times as much radiation as a normal head or chest X-ray……

One study from the National Cancer Institute estimated there would be about 29,000 future cancers related to scans done in 2007 alone. That year, Americans had about 72 million total CT scans, which can cost from a few hundred dollars to several  thousand dollars.http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/sns-rt-us-doctors-ct-scanbre923161-20130304,0,4664422.story
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