What Is My Patient’s Risk of Cancer from Radiation Exposure with Computed Tomography of the Abdomen and Pelvis? What Do I Tell My Patient?
Since the invention of and advancements made in computed tomography (CT), physicians have increased its use dramatically to assist with diagnosis and treatment of patients. The surge in CT use and patient exposure to medical radiation can result in a potential increase in the risk of developing cancer. This increased risk and mortality of cancer to the individual is small, but the exponential growth in use of CT can result in a significant increase in cancer rates in the US population, which may have considerable public health impacts. Therefore, it is important to consider strategies to help reduce radiation exposure when possible.
KeywordsAbdominopelvic computed tomography Radiation exposure Cancer risk Patient risk
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