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A 44-year-old female asked:

I had a ct 5 days ago and 3 x-rays today pelvis/abdomen flank pain all normal. dr wants another ct with and w/o contrast done. is this a cancer risk?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Michel
Family Medicine 47 years experience
Yes but: The reason the doc wants the xrays may well out weigh the risk of having the test done. I believe the risk is worth the knowledge of what is going on. You may well enough information to prevent further or disease that is present.
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Dr. Paul Velt
Diagnostic Radiology 43 years experience
Low risk: It does seem to be excessive the risks should be counted through out your lifetime. If you didn't have any other studies requiring X-ray radiation you'd be fine. But this seems really excessive when ultrasound or MRI can be used to get more information. Try suggesting these non ionizing radiation studies
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Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 51 years experience
No, not really: Medical use of X-rays causes minimal radiation exposure, so it is considered safe. So you should not worry about Cancer at the present level of CT scanning..
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Last updated Jan 5, 2019
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