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Houma, LA
A 17-year-old male asked:

I've had 3 ct scans, full body with contrast and well over 25 chest x rays. and a hida scan. i'm only 18. what are the chances that it causes me to get cancer?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Quite low: Although your chances are higher, the likelihood of cancer from these procedures is still relatively low.
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Dr. Bruce J. Stringer
Radiology 48 years experience
Hard to say.: The answer is you have a greater risk of getting a cancer at some point in your life based on the whole body radiation exposure than you would have without that exposure but the actual risk is probably less than you fear. The studies on radiation exposure and cancer risk suggest a small increase in incidence with increasing dose. Your goal should be to minimize future radiation exposure.
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Dr. Fidias De Leon
Nuclear Medicine 22 years experience
Not high: Cancer as a result of medical diagnostic imaging radiation exposure is rare. Radiation exposure is a cumulative effect and is dependent on radiation dose and time. Of the studies you mentioned, the ct would have the most radiation. In the end, if a diagnostic procedure is needed, the possible effects of radiation exposure has to be weighted out with your doctor.
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Houma, LA
A 17-year-old male asked:

I've had 3 CT scans. (full body) well over 25 chest x rays. And a hida scan. I'm only 18. What are the chances that it causes me to get cancer?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kenneth Smith
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Radiation: Certainly a gret deal of radiation for age, high risk of malignancy associated with radiation.
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Last updated Mar 12, 2020

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