Here’s some scary news…about 25,000 Americans develop cancer every year thanks to medical radiation exposure. What’s more, more experience DNA damage that could cause the development of cancer and other future health issues.
The health industry has added a variety of different diagnostic tests to health care. Every year, people receive tests such as computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET), and X-ray scans. Unfortunately, every time patients receive one of these scans, their bodies receive varying levels of ionizing radiation. The impact from these procedures may take years to manifest…but be sure that they are building up cumulatively over time.
Without understanding the long-term health repercussions of repeated exposure among their patients, doctors order CT scans for patients who don’t really even need them. Sometimes multiple scans are ordered when only one is necessary, too.
Here’s another scenario…CT scans are often pushed on patients by doctors. The docs will refuse to provide care unless patients receive the scans. Many doctors will insist that patients receive multiple imaging scans to confirm a medical condition — presumably for litigation protection– even when the diagnostics risk patient safety.