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A 30-year-old male asked:

Scared of too many cts. 2016 had a head ct scan for injury, 2019 had a adbomen ct scan for colitis in the er. then had 2 ct scans recently for a right sided headache.1 er and another to show the vessels. sinus ct months after and no another ct soon?

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Dr. Birendra Tandan
Urology 36 years experience
You are right to be concerned about radiation exposure. Sometimes these tests are ordered when a test using non-ionizing radiation will do. Always let the ordering and radiology MDs know of your previous exposures. An encouraging thing is that now most CT s use a low-dose technique. Also an MRI can be done instead of a CT. Good luck.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 51 years experience
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