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Can 2 CT scans of the head cause brain cancer?

6 doctors weighed in
Dr Roy Arnold
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Unknown

CT of the brain does deliver radiation but the likelihood of developing malignancy from one or two studies is unknown.
One must weigh the benefit to be gained from the study against whatever risk may be present. Careful selection of patients, particularly children is important when considering imaging. Thanks for trusting HealthTap!

In brief: Unknown

CT of the brain does deliver radiation but the likelihood of developing malignancy from one or two studies is unknown.
One must weigh the benefit to be gained from the study against whatever risk may be present. Careful selection of patients, particularly children is important when considering imaging. Thanks for trusting HealthTap!
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Dr Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
But a CT scan is about 400 times the radiation that you get from 1 X-ray. So if you have a choice between an X-ray and a CT scan, usually it makes sense to get the X-ray.
3 doctors agree

In brief: Complicated

Any radiation can increase the possibility of changes in the DNA of cells and thus lead to cancerous changes.
Having said that there are people with brain cancer that never had imaging of their brain. So yes, the more radiation to the head you receive, in theory the possibility of cancer increases

In brief: Complicated

Any radiation can increase the possibility of changes in the DNA of cells and thus lead to cancerous changes.
Having said that there are people with brain cancer that never had imaging of their brain. So yes, the more radiation to the head you receive, in theory the possibility of cancer increases
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