||Last Updated: Dec 6th, 2006 - 21:21:56
Report says CT scans exposed youngsters to levels equivalent to 4,000 X-rays
KAREN HOWLETT AND GREG MCARTHUR
TORONTO -- Children in Ontario undergoing CT scans have been unwittingly subjected to radiation doses equivalent to more than 4,000 X-rays, levels high enough to raise cancer fears, the province's Auditor-General says.
In his sweeping annual report yesterday, Jim McCarter said doctors have underestimated the effects of certain diagnostic imaging tests on patients, especially children, and have exposed them to levels of radiation that are believed to cause cancer.
Editor's note: By all means everyone should try hard enough to avoid getting x-ray imaging. At least, X-ray imaging should not be done just to quench doctors’ curiosity. One of the risks you may never know is that radiologists seldom measure the dose, according to Dr John Gofman, a noted physicist and physician, who found 75 percent of breast cancer cases is linked to medical x-ray exposure. He said the dose for a single x-ray can vary by a factor of ten because radiologists never measure the dose. Some reports said 30 percent of x-ray exposure is unneccessary, meaningless or senseless.
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