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What is the risk for cancer from single head CT scan if CT scan is done on baby?

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Dr. Sri Sundararaman
Radiation Oncology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Probably less than1%

First, benefits must outweigh risks when a ct is considered for a baby.
Low dose rt from imaging is very relevant in current news. Ct head prob gave <10 to 50 mgy with then cancer induction risks estimated to be <1%.

In brief: Probably less than1%

First, benefits must outweigh risks when a ct is considered for a baby.
Low dose rt from imaging is very relevant in current news. Ct head prob gave <10 to 50 mgy with then cancer induction risks estimated to be <1%.
Dr. Sri Sundararaman
Dr. Sri Sundararaman
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Dr. David Masiello
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Little

This appears to be a very low risk situation.
If the baby was to get repeated scans that would increase the risk.

In brief: Little

This appears to be a very low risk situation.
If the baby was to get repeated scans that would increase the risk.
Dr. David Masiello
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Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: Cannot say.

Clearly, there is a potential risk of cancer from radiation exposure.
The greater the exposure(s), the greater the risk. One cannot quantify the risk, but it is likely quite low. This has to be balanced against the reason for doing the scan. When there is a legitimate reason for scanning, the risk of not doing the scan and missing something vastly outweighs the risks.

In brief: Cannot say.

Clearly, there is a potential risk of cancer from radiation exposure.
The greater the exposure(s), the greater the risk. One cannot quantify the risk, but it is likely quite low. This has to be balanced against the reason for doing the scan. When there is a legitimate reason for scanning, the risk of not doing the scan and missing something vastly outweighs the risks.
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
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