Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Digestive Health Support Forum banner
1 - 2 of 2 Posts

·
Banned
Joined
·
240 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
This may have already been discussed on this forum last year or before that but I feel it is such animportant topic, that I am posting links to these two articles below.In some cases, CT scans are needed, especially for those who are suffering life threateningailments. But an estimated 20 to 30% of all CT scans are a waste of time. While the wastingof money spent on CT scans is an issue, the bigger issue is the cancer risk associated withexcess CT scans. One CT scan can be the same as 100 to 400 x-rays (depending on the typeof scan.)The Hippocratic oath states, "first do no harm."Unfortunately medicine does not abide by this oath.We must protect ourselves by taking control. Talk to someone and find out if there is an alternative.In many cases there are.http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/09/24/...in5337931.shtmlhttp://online.wsj.com/article/SB126082398582691047.htmlhttp://articles.sfgate.com/2009-12-16/bay-...-more-radiation
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
168 Posts
I think this an important issue to be aware of, especially in people who are at risk for multiple CT scans (many ulcerative colitis and Crohn's patients wind up with repeat scans over the years). It may be worthwhile to ask your doctor for MRI over CT and if they decline, find out why. CTs are typically better in emergencies because they're quicker and therefore easier to access, but an MRI may be okay on a non-emergency basis depending on what your doctor's looking for.
 
1 - 2 of 2 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top