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Which procedure exposes patients to more radiation: a bone scan or a computed tomography?

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine

In brief: Sometimes same dose

Background radiation at sea level: 3 msv per year, denver residents get: 6 msv per year, cross country flight: 0.
02 msv, x ray chest: 0.06 msv, ct head: 3 msv, ct chest: 5 msv (equivalent to 100 chest xrays) ct abdomen: 5-10, average bone scan 6.5 msv. Radiation depends on size of patient." radiation affects growing body in children more than adults. Doses to children are much less.

In brief: Sometimes same dose

Background radiation at sea level: 3 msv per year, denver residents get: 6 msv per year, cross country flight: 0.
02 msv, x ray chest: 0.06 msv, ct head: 3 msv, ct chest: 5 msv (equivalent to 100 chest xrays) ct abdomen: 5-10, average bone scan 6.5 msv. Radiation depends on size of patient." radiation affects growing body in children more than adults. Doses to children are much less.
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