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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. ...Read more

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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 - ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Female 55 years old, many lymph node in abdomal cavity, hypodensity spots in liver (ct scan suspect peritoneal cancer), ca 19-9: 190. What's disease?

Female 55 years old, many lymph node in abdomal cavity, hypodensity spots in liver (ct scan suspect peritoneal cancer), ca 19-9: 190. What's disease?

Not good: The ct sounds ominus. Ca-19-9 is usually a marker for pancreatic cancser. Its very elevated in this patient. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I’ve had 7 CT’s. Am I now at a greater risk for cancer?

I’ve had 7 CT’s. Am I now at a greater risk for cancer?

Need more info: What area was imaged with CTs? What was the interval between the examinations? CTs are not likely to raise your risk for cancer measurably above your background risk. If CTs were needed for diagnosis and monitoring of some lesion, the minor risk of radiation would be worth it.
Wish you 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.
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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. ...Read more

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I had to have a few CT scans over the past several months. My dr said today these scans have put me at risk for cancer?

Risk & Benefit: Cts like other procedures have a risk benefit ratio and in almost all cases ct is worth the risk. There is risk from any radiation. See this site for more info and discuss the matter with your doctor.
http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/detection/ct. ...Read more

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I received 2 full body CT scans within 10 days of eachother. One was 31mSv, and one 21mSv. Will I get cancer from this?

I received 2 full body CT scans within 10 days of eachother. One was 31mSv, and one 21mSv. Will I get cancer from this?

There are: Slight hypothetical risks associated with all xray exposures (you can calculate yours at xrayrisk. Com), and almost everything else we do in life. The radiation risk is cumulative, so it doesn't really make a difference whether you had CTs 2 days apart, 2 weeks apart, or 2 years apart. In practical terms, the theoretical risk from 2 CTs is very very minimal. ...Read more

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Can a PET-CT determine whether or not cancer is present in the body? Are there any other conditions these tests can diagnose?

Not always: Scans pick up masses -- cancers that have reached a volume of billions of cells. Scans pick up a huge variety of non-malignant lesions, and many cancers, but other tests -- mammograms, routine blood work, pap smears, more -- are also part of routine cancer surveillance. ...Read more

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Does CT scan show cancer?

Does CT scan show cancer?

Not always: Not all cancer is visible with a ct scan. There are many variables- size of tumor, location, presence or abscence of IV or oral contrast. ...Read more

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Do all cancers show on CT scan?

Do all cancers show on CT scan?

Sadly, no: Not all cancer is visible with a ct scan. There are many variables- size of tumor, location, presence or abscence of IV or oral contrast. ...Read more

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Multiple CT scan can lead to cancer?

Multiple CT scan can lead to cancer?

Please see: Radiologyinfo. Org for good info about risks from radiologic imaging. Section called radiation dose. ...Read more

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Could having a CT scan give you cancer?

Could having a CT scan give you cancer?

Not likely: With the very rare exception of a few people with extreme susceptibility to cancer from radiation, it is highly unlikely that an average person will cancer from a ct scan. ...Read more

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Can at pt and CT scan be used to diagnose cancer?

Sometimes....: The ct that is done with a pet is primarily to improve the pet image by correcting the data the pet camera receives from the patient's body for differences in density (bones denser than muscles, then fat, then air (lung) density). Some scanners have better ct images. So, sometimes the ct makes an incidental diagnosis. However, the ct is not the same as a diagnostic ct with IV and oral contrast. ...Read more

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What are the cancers directly related to CT scan?

It is not Cut& Dried: Excessive radiation can cause cancer.So all x-rays have this potential if you give a large enough dose by repeated testing. This is why we suspect ct scans can actually contribute to a few hundred new cases of cancer in the us each year. But where and who exactly got it, is not possible to point out. ...Read more

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How can contrast make cancer stand out on a CT scan?

Blood supply: Cancers can either have more or less blood supply than the organs they are in. Without contrast the cancer and organ usually look similar in brightness. But when contrast is given the relative brightness level can become dramatically different based on the difference in blood supply and as a result the tumor is much easier to identify. ...Read more

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What to do if I had a CT scan does this mean cancer?

What to do if I had a CT scan does this mean cancer?

I don't follow...: Don't you know why your doc ordered a scan??? You should. Scans are ordered for a million and one reasons including cancer so you can't assume you had the test because you have cancer. Ask your doc about it and please never get a test without knowing why. If that is not what you meant with your question, please restate it. Best to you. ...Read more

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I just wanna know that if ct scan can cause cancer in the future?

I just wanna know that if ct scan can cause cancer in the future?

Stop worrying: The most intensive CT scan delivers 20 mSV and most deliver far less. An airline pilot gets an extra 3 mSV per year; this is of course cumulative as a cancer risk but nobody's shown increased cancer in pilots. Nuclear industry regs allow up to 100 mSV in 5 years and they have no increased cancer risk either. The non-measurable risk from CT scans is worth it when you may be seriously sick. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how contrast make cancer stand out in a CT scan?

Can you tell me how contrast make cancer stand out in a CT scan?

Vascularity: The contrast makes blood vessels whiter to stand out. Most tumors are hypervascular, they have more blood vessels. This makes them easier to see with contrast. Some tumors are not hypervascular and can be seen because they are less white than the surrounding tissues. Otherwise an MRI may be required to see the tumor. ...Read more

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If a CT scan does not rule out cancer does that mean it is cancer?

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If a CT scan does not rule out cancer does that mean it is cancer?

Not necessarily: Sometimes the lesion maybe too small to tell on the initial scan. Follow your doctor's recommendation. Most likely you will need a follow-up scan in a few months to make sure the lesion is not changing. ...Read more

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Had a few CT scans over the summer due to an infecton. My dr told me today that this has put me at risk for cancer?

Very low risk: It is true that one of the risk factors for developing a cancer is exposure to radiation, including certain diagnostic studies (i.e. Ct scans, x-rays.) minimizing radiation exposure is always important, but these studies can be very important in your care. Http://blogs. Webmd. Com/cancer/2012/06/are-ct-scans-raising-our-cancer-risk. Html. ...Read more

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Would 6 CT scans early in your 40s increase your cancer risk later in life? If so by how much and how many years later?

Would 6 CT scans early in your 40s increase your cancer risk later in life? If so by how much and how many years later?

Yes: It depends on the type of ct scan. For standard abd/pelvis Ct scan, 6 scans would result in a total effective dose of 84 mSv, resulting in a theoretical increased lifetime cancer risk of 0.559% or 1/179 over baseline. You can calculate this, and more, at xrayrisk. Com. Latency for radiation induced cancer is probably at least 15-20 years. ...Read more

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I'm 17 I've had 2 CT scans of the head in one year I'm so scared that I'm going to get cancer! I need some reassurance I'm freaking out!

You will be ok: Radiation exposure is a necessary consequence of CT scanning. However, the amount of exposure from one head CT is equal to about half of the annunal exposure to radiation that someone gets who lives in Denver. In the amount that you are talking about some experts think that radiation from 10-15 head CTs might offer a 'slight' increase in cancer. ...Read more

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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