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A 19-year-old male asked:

Multiple ct scan can lead to cancer?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 29 years experience
Each CT a person has: Ever so slightly increases the risk of developing cancer. In most cases, the increased risk is too small to accurately measure. Every test a person has, including cts, needs a risk to benefit evaluation. For example, if a person is suspected of having appendicitis, then the potential risk of future cancer from the ct (very, very, very small!), is easily outweighed by the risk from appendicitis.
Dr. Michael Korona
Interventional Radiology 33 years experience
Please see: Radiologyinfo.Org for good info about risks from radiologic imaging. Section called radiation dose.
Dr. Haresh Jhangiani
Hematology and Oncology 33 years experience
Thanks for asking!: Yes increase xrays exposure can increase risk of cancer.

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Could having a CT scan give you cancer?

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Do all cancers show on CT scan?

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Does CT scan show cancer?

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A 18-year-old male asked:

What cancers do CT scans cause?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
None: Ct scan will not cause cancers , although there is very small potential due to minimum radiation exposure. Humans are unknowingly exposed to ionizing radiation like prolonged repeated air travel more than any diagnostic test , just don't worry about getting cancer from xray tests, it only a precaution for un indicated tests.

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