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What are the chances of getting cancer from a CT scan with and without contrast in your early 20's if you are female?

What are the chances of getting cancer from a CT scan with and without contrast in your early 20's if you are female?

Negligible: The risk is theoretical and is too small to measure. You get plenty of radiation from cosmic rays; you don't see the scaremongers lining their homes with lead to keep them out. If you need a ct scan, don't forego it.

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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I had 2 full body CT scans within 2 weeks, with a combined exposure of 53 mSv (I asked the radiologist). 28 yo/female. Will I get cancer?

I had 2 full body CT scans within 2 weeks, with a combined exposure of 53 mSv (I asked the radiologist). 28 yo/female. Will I get cancer?

Very unlikely: There is no significant risk of developing Cancer just because of getting 2 CT scans. The CT scan related radiation poses minimal risk, as most medical use of X-rays has minimal risk unless you get exposure over several hundred mSvs. So just try to forget about it. eat healthy and live a healthy life style as Cancer does develiop in otherwise healthy people (one in 5 females during a life time will

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30 year old female having sever anxiety over my first and only CT scan for a rib injury, terrified one scan is going to give me cancer in a few years?

30 year old female having sever anxiety over my first and only CT scan for a rib injury, terrified one scan is going to give me cancer in a few years?

The theoretical risk: Of any procedure or treatment should always be weighed against the benefit. In your case, the theoretical risk of developing a radiation induced cancer from one chest CT is slight, about 0.09% over your baseline risk. To put that in perspective, you have about a 10x higher lifetime risk of dying in a motor vehicle accident. Yet few people worry very much about getting in their car.

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29 year old female 2 head CT scans without contrast within 2 months of one another. What is my cancer risk? I have read "small" or "negligible"

29 year old female 2 head CT scans without contrast within 2 months of one another. What is my cancer risk? I have read "small" or "negligible"

Negligible: Two CT scans will not raise your risk to a measurable level, above your background risk.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex.

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Sacro illiacal hyperdens bone 150 mm 120 mm possible hemangioom severe pelvic pain- seen on CT after I fell off stair - cancer? 30 female

Sacro illiacal hyperdens bone 150 mm 120 mm possible hemangioom severe pelvic pain- seen on CT after I fell off stair - cancer? 30 female

No cancer: Common to have bone or even muscle pain if one suffers a fall probably landing on the sacroiliac region. Often one has disruption of a tendon from its pelvic attachment such as the hamstrings from ischial tuberosity with hematoma, not hemangioma of bone. Warm baths will help subside the condition. Cancer is never the result of such trauma.

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I'm 17 female I've dyed my hair a lot and I have had 3 CT scans I'm scared that I'm gonna get brain cancer?

I'm 17 female I've dyed my hair a lot and I have had 3 CT scans I'm scared that I'm gonna get brain cancer?

Increased Risk: No good data on whether hair dye increases cancer risk; best answer: almost certainly not. CT scans are another story. There is increased risk of radiation-caused cancer from CT scans. The risk is very low but not zero. A CT is a highly sophisticated Xray which uses the same type of radiation. Doctors have begun to move away from CT where possible, but sometimes CT is the only imaging study

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Chances of 21yr old female having brain tumor? No cancer hist. Sympt. Headaches all around head. Already had non contrast CT done, was norm.

I recommend MRI: Ct head scan without contrast is not the perfect test to totally rule out unusual causes of headache. I would recommend seeing a neurologist and have good evaluation. If any question, you should have MRI of brain without contrast. Radiologist can then add contrast study as needed.

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Had l.Lower. Q ache on/off for 2 weeks - us showed poss mass. Now want CT scan. Colonos 2 yrs ago w/diverticulosis. Scared. Cancer? Divert? Hernia? (female)

Had l.Lower. Q ache on/off for 2 weeks - us showed poss mass. Now want CT scan. Colonos 2 yrs ago w/diverticulosis. Scared. Cancer? Divert? Hernia? (female)

Many possibilities: Its normal to be scared when an ultasound shows a possible mass and further imaging is needed. It is important to get the ct in order to help the doctor to make a diagnosis. Often times the ct scan shows there is no finding to support the ultrasound findings. But it is important to get the study. No sense in speculating the possibilities get the studies and follow up with your doctor.

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I had 2 head CT scans in 3 months and 4 x rays. One for suspected stroke (negative) and one for concussion. I am 28 year old female? Scan cancer risk?

Exposure: You should discuss radiation exposure with any doctor ordering CT, X-ray, nuclear medicine or other radiation exposure tests. There is a cumulative effect and these tests should be done only when the need for the information justifies the exposure.

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Chance of colon cancer? Age 44 female. Diangosis w/diverticulosis 3 mo ago after divertic attack. Ct showed moderate wall thickening and mod. Fat stranding with visualized diverticulum in the area of pericolonic inflamation. Remaining colon normal. Ct wa

Chance of colon cancer? Age 44 female. Diangosis w/diverticulosis 3 mo ago after divertic attack. Ct showed moderate wall thickening and mod. Fat stranding with visualized diverticulum in the area of pericolonic inflamation. Remaining colon normal. Ct wa

Need colonoscopy: Your history and ct study are classic for acute diverticulitis. Nevertheless, we always advise having a colonoscopy after your first episode of diverticulitis (well-after the episode resolves) since inflammatory bowel disease or even colon cancer can demonstrate comparable ct findings as described.

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Risk for cancer after 2 CT scans in a month? 1 abd/pelvis + 1 CT lung angiogram to rule out PE. 32 female. Scared!

Risk for cancer after 2 CT scans in a month? 1 abd/pelvis + 1 CT lung angiogram to rule out PE. 32 female. Scared!

Low risk overall: It is commonly thought that the extra risk of any one person developing a fatal cancer from a typical CT procedure is about 1 in 2, 000. In contrast, the lifetime risk of dying from cancer in the U.S. population is about 1 in 5. However, the lifetime risk of cancer from a single CT scan was small—about one case of cancer for every 10, 000 CTS m.cancer. Gov/topics/factsheets/CT Mobile-friendly -

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Will I get breast cancer from CT pulmonary angiogram for PE? 32 female. Saw one article said risk is increased by 14%! Very scared. Had CT abd b4 also

Will I get breast cancer from CT pulmonary angiogram for PE? 32 female. Saw one article said risk is increased by 14%! Very scared. Had CT abd b4 also

Very unlikely: The life time accumulated dose has an effect if you are a sun worshiper that give you more radiation exposure than car scan. If you want you can ask for the amount of radiation exposure from the scan from the place it was done

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Can a ct/mri of the pelvis detect bladder cancer I pee a lot and I always have pain on my side and hip bw, rad, urine tests all negative I'm a female?

Can a ct/mri of the pelvis detect bladder cancer I pee a lot and I always have pain on my side and hip bw, rad, urine tests all negative I'm a female?

Sometimes: A ct or MRI can detect larger or advanced bladder tumors. However, many bladder tumors are subtle and found on only by looking inside the bladder (cystoscopy). Without blood in your urine on a microscopic evaluation, it is unlikely you have a bladder tumor. Continue to work with your doctor for the right approach and diagnosis. Eventually you may want to see a urologist or urologic gynecologist.

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What cancers do CT scans cause?

What cancers do CT scans cause?

They don't: Hey Matt! This is a good question and I'm glad to reassure you. A typical CT scan delivers maybe 3mSv, the same as the extra radiation a pilot gets each year. Pilot dose is cumulative and nobody has shown increased cancer in pilots. Up to 20 mSV/year is okay for radiation workers and they don't get extra cancer either. Relax and give yourself a break from worrying.

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Please tell me, could a CT tap show cancer?

Please tell me, could a CT tap show cancer?

Sometimes: I'm not sure what a "ct tap" is. I assume it's a typo for "ct scan". Ct scans can show some types of cancer, but the ability to find cancer depends on the type of cancer and specifics about the type of ct scan (such as whether it uses contrast).

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Are CT Scans accurate at discovering cancer?

Are CT Scans accurate at discovering cancer?

So-so: It depends where, how big the cancer is, and so forth. The new CT scans pick up lung cancers that are quite small -- most of the "cures" of tumors found this way may be of non-aggressive tumors. A scan can pick up a mass suspicious for cancer but of course tissue's required for certainty.

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Can a tech get cancer from doing full body CT scans?

No: During ct scans radiology technician stays out side the scanner room, protected by lead lined shields. So many protective measures are in place, no one will be exposed to radiation, (except patient who will get the predicted amount of radiation). All the persons involved will wear special radiation exposure badges to be measured annually the total amount radiation. Exposure to that person.

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Why wouldn't you use CT scans to detect cancer in everyone?

Why wouldn't you use CT scans to detect cancer in everyone?

What you are looking: Every radiology test like ct mri, angiograms, radio isotope scans, sonograms, pet scans, sonograms etc has a specific indication. All cancers cannot be detected by ct alone, for scattered small deposits of tumor (metastatic) pet scan is used, some of the bone tumors MRI is better, costs risks& benefits to be considered finally physiology and physics of tumor decides which is needed.

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Computed Tomography (Definition)

Ct uses xrays taken an 360 degrees combined with a computer to see"inside" the body. The table moves as the xray tube and detectors spin around the patient 10 times a second or more! The image shows excellent soft tissue detail, enhanced with injection of intravenous contrast or oral contrast. This way the body is shown in slices, in any plane, usually axially, but ...Read more