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CT Scan radiation exposure. (Archive in ecology.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on May 29, 2003 at 06:02:13:

Thanks, Misty.

And these long term risks are not even included in the current statistics
that conventional medicine is now the 3rd leading cause of death in this
country.

"If you can't trust your doctor, who can you trust?"

I am overjoyed to see your website taking off like it is! Congratulations!

Namaste`

Walt


> Comments?
> Misty
> http://www.searching-alternatives.com
>
> Doctors Unaware a CT Scan has 100--250 times more radiation than an X-ray
>
> A recent survey shows that most doctors do not know that CT scans have 100
to 250 times the radiation dose of a chest X-Ray. This item was sent in the
Red Flags Daily newsletter. A. Hotz
> ******************************************************
> http://www.medicalpost.com/mpcontent/article.jsp?content=20030520_0941
> 47_3404
>
> Doctors have little more info than patients about CT scan safety
>
> By Pippa Wysong
>
> SAN DIEGO - Doctors aren't giving patients enough information about
> the risks of getting a CT scan because they themselves don't know what
> those risks are, according to an emergency room survey.
>
> There is still uncertainty in the field of radiology as to just how
> safe CT scans are.
>
> "A lot of people believe it's in the range of cancer-causing
> radiation. There are some who don't believe that, but there are some
> who do," said Dr. Howard Forman from the division of emergency
> medicine at Yale University school of medicine. He spoke at the recent
> annual meeting here of the American Roentgen Ray Society.
>
> In the U.S., what are dubbed "screening CTs" are becoming more popular
among healthy patients, said Dr. Forman.
>
> "Patients are going to these studies, paying good money for them and
> the gain is marginal at best. Some would argue it has no real health
> benefits to the patient. And there is a genuine potential radiation
> risk," he said.
>
> Inform patients
>
> Patients should be informed of the potential risks, he said, in
> presenting findings from a survey in which 45 emergency physicians
> were asked what the risks and benefits to patients would be from an
> abdominal-pelvic CT scan.
>
> Ten (22%) responded that they do explain the risks and benefits to
> patients. Only nine said they mentioned the radiation dose.
>
> The physicians were asked how they would compare the radiation from a
> CT to that of a typical chest X-ray. Three of the doctors said the
> dose was either less than or equal to a chest X-ray. Twenty (44%) of
> the doctors said the dose was greater than a chest X-ray, but less
> than 10 times the dose.
>
> Just over one-fifth of the doctors (22%) said the radiation dose from
> a CT was more than 10 times that of an X-ray but less than 100 times
> the dose.
>
> Ten (22%) of the respondents were able to provide an accurate dose
> comparison-that a CT scan is 100 to 250 times the dose of a chest
> X-ray.
>
> Two doctors thought the dose was considerably higher.
>
> A typical CT dose "can be in the range of 13 milli-sieverts, which
> represents the equivalent of several years of background radiation
> dose," Dr. Forman said.
>
> "You can't educate the patients if the physicians who are ordering the
> studies and the physicians who are performing the studies do not know
> the risks themselves.
>
> "That's the additional unfortunate finding," he said.
>
>
>
>



Re: CT Scan radiation exposure. (Archive in ecology.)

Posted by Sean on May 30, 2003 at 10:28:36:

In Reply to: CT Scan radiation exposure. (Archive in ecology.) posted by Walt Stoll on May 29, 2003 at 06:02:13:

Curious

what about mri studies ... are there negative things associated with them? I know they arnt the same as xrays but wondering if anyone knows the negatives about using them



Re: CT Scan radiation exposure. (Archive in ecology.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on May 31, 2003 at 08:18:36:

In Reply to: Re: CT Scan radiation exposure. (Archive in ecology.) posted by Sean on May 30, 2003 at 10:28:36:

Hi, Sean.

MRIs use magnetic fields so there is no radiation exposure to them. However, since knowledgeable people know that the bodymind is electromagnetic, more than it is radiation, the time will come when we will know how much MRIs hurt people.

Remember, it took many years after Madame Curie's exposure to figure out even that radiatioin hurt people. Even now, 100 years later, we are still adjusting down the "safe" amount of exposure.

Walt



Re: CT Scan radiation exposure. (Archive in ecology.)

Posted by Sean on May 31, 2003 at 12:55:24:

In Reply to: Re: CT Scan radiation exposure. (Archive in ecology.) posted by Walt Stoll on May 31, 2003 at 08:18:36:

thanks for the info

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