Fairfax, VA
A 29-year-old male asked:

Hello. i fear that i am getting too many ct scans. i think this will be my 5th one, and 3rd for head area. i had a massive headache on a plane, and did a ct scan, and another venogran ct right after. now im doin sinus ct tomorrow for same problem ?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Yvette Kratzberg
Pediatrics 26 years experience
CT scans are useful in diagnosing medical problems. Having 3 in a short amount of time to diagnose a serious problem may occasionally be necessary. More important is your lifetime risk from CT's. If you are needing these every year or more, then you might want to discuss the risks with your Dr.
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 54 years experience
In many cases, MRI is preferred, but for sinus evaluation, CAT scan is the best tool and provides better bony resolution.
Oct 29, 2021
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Frequent CTs carry a significant risk from radiation exposure
Nov 1, 2021
Dr. Lee Wolpin Ball
Radiology 42 years experience
You may be able to avoid the sinus CT by having the prior CT reevaluated and reformated . There will be a charge but it will avoid the radiation. Have your MD check and see if this is possible at the facility that performed your CT. They will need to have kept the original data to be able to do this.
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Last updated Nov 5, 2021


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