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11/18/2012 12:12 PM
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CT Scans
Hello everyone. First of all i would like to thank you for reading this.

I'm 25 years old. I've had two stress tests that came positive for Cardiac ischemia. I did them because I've been having shortness of breath, crushing chest pain, dizziness, depersonalization, and was always tired, having constant panic attacks, even on diazepam and victan.

Anyway, the symptoms didn't go away, and this week they got worse, so scared of my life my cardiologist told me to do a Cardiac CT angiogram, I did it today, it was a weird experience.

The problem is that I'm totally aware that CT Scans are dangerous in therms of radiation exposure, and the one I had is one that most quantity is emitted to the body. About 9-12mSv to hole body and about 40-100 Gray to the heart and lungs. Well the result was, my arteries are totally fine.

I'm now super scared of the radiation effects in the long term. As you know I'm a bit septic about the values of radiation given by Wikipedia as I found this link:

[link to thehappyhospitalist.blogspot.pt]

"The average CT scan radiation exposure for an abdomen and pelvis exam was not the 8 mSv reported by the FDA , but rather 31millsieverts, with a range of 6 to 90. Ninety millisieverts is equivalent to many thousands of chest X-rays, or the equivalent background radiation of living over a 30 year period. And you get it all from one CT."

Please does somebody know anything about this? true facts?

I've also found this article:

[link to well.blogs.nytimes.com]

"But it also has a potentially serious medical downside: the ability to damage DNA and, 10 to 20 years later, to cause cancer. CT scans alone, which deliver 100 to 500 times the radiation associated with an ordinary X-ray and now provide three-fourths of Americans’ radiation exposure, are believed to account for 1.5 percent of all cancers that occur in the United States."

Last Edited by bacsb0 on 11/18/2012 12:27 PM
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11/18/2012 12:24 PM
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Re: CT Scans
sorry for bumping but doesn't anyone knows anything about this?