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A 17-year-old female asked:

Im 17 years old and i've had either 2 or 3 ct scans of my head one from doctor and one or two from er i'm scared i'm going to get brain cancer from ct?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Relax, but..: why so many CT scans? Get copies of reports, AND CDs, of your CT scans, so you can give them to MDs, when needed. If imaging is needed, perhaps MRI (no radiation involved) might help out. Unlikely that you will get brain cancer from CT scans; however, minimizing Xray exposure is generally a good thing.
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Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine 32 years experience
Anxiety: Need a listening physician and a counselor. Be frank about your fears and also the possibility that it may not be physical. Discuss other associated mood issues
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Dr. Adam Lewis
Neurosurgery 37 years experience
Brain cancer: Relax. The radiation from a CT scan is very low. Multiple CT scans of the head will not cause brain cancer. Have a wonderful day.
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Last updated Mar 16, 2021

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