It’s no secret that some medical exams expose patients to harmful radiation. But how much is too much?
Recent studies have raised the alarm about one increasingly common source: the computed tomography (CT) scan, which doctors use to diagnose and treat everything from concussions to infections to cancer. Dr. Rebecca Smith-Bindman of the University of California, San Francisco, and her team report in one study that usage has tripled since 1996–a concern, since CT devices tend to emit much more radiation than conventional X-rays in order to take detailed pictures of internal organs. For children, the risk may be especially high….
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