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Drs. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Mike Roizen
Dr. Mehmet Oz is host of the popular TV show “The Dr. Oz Show.” He is a professor in the Department of Surgery at Columbia University and directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Mike Roizen is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, an award-winning author, and has been the doctor to eight Nobel Prize winners and more than 100 Fortune 500 CEOs.

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Tags: CT scans | X-rays | radiation | future cases of cancer | cancer risk

Are You Over-X-Rayed?

Friday, 13 July 2012 07:44 AM EDT

Every day, 19,500 CT (computed tomography) scans are performed in the United States. From 2005 to 2007 more than 70 percent of American adults were zapped. CT scans typically give you the radiation of 75 chest X-rays. We now believe that around 29,000 future cases of cancer will result from the 72 million scans done in 2007 alone.

In addition to CTs, there are other scans to avoid if not necessary: PET scans, dental X-rays, virtual colonoscopies, and more. In "Minority Report," Tom Cruise's character has his eyes scanned by an ad that then greets him by name; not so far-fetched when you consider there's a casino in Vegas with advertisements that scan a passerby and offer shopping suggestions.

So what can you do? A new Institute of Medicine report says eliminating unnecessary CT scans lowers a woman's risk of breast cancer. The American College of Radiology and the American Academy of Family Physicians advise people to be equally cautious about scans for headaches or lower back pain.

We say be a smart consumer of scans. While CT and other X-rays can be life-saving and make earlier diagnosis possible, always ask:

• Is this scan necessary? (We say to ask three times!) Could a different test with less radiation provide the needed information for my diagnosis? And could a different test be as useful in determining how my condition is treated?

• Is the scan set to use the lowest dose necessary for results?

• Can I wait to see a specialist first?

Be scanner smart.

© 2012 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.
Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

© HealthDay

While CT scans and other X-rays can be life-saving and make earlier diagnosis possible, they also emit dangerous radiation so you don't want to be over-X-rayed.
CT scans,X-rays,radiation,future cases of cancer,cancer risk
Friday, 13 July 2012 07:44 AM
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