Why might someone need a chest CT scan?

Chest CT. Including but not limited to: 1) Abnormal chest xray, 2) Persistent clinical symptoms, 3) Smoking or other inhalational exposure where chronic lung disease or cancer is suspected, 4) Chronic lung disease/fibrosis of some other cause, 5) Cardiovascular abnormalities. Basically there are lots of reasons depending on your history or symptoms. Talk with your primary doc and your radiologist!

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What are the risk of chest CT scan?

Risks include.... Radiation imparted to the body as a part of the scan. 1 ct scan of the chest is the equivalent of about 5, 000 chest x-rays. This sounds like a high number, but in reality, if you only receive 1 ct scan, the overall risk of developing cancer or other complications is very low. The information gained from a ct scan versus a single chest x-ray is much greater and can aid in diagnostics. Read more...

What are the risks of a chest CT scan?

If you keep it limit. There are none as long as it is without contrast . With contrast there is always a small risk of an allergic reaction. As long as the number of these scans is limited then the risks from radiation from the x-rays is very limited. Read more...

Is it possible to get lymphoma from one chest CT scan?

Not sure what you... ...mean but if you are asking if the radiation exposure from just one CT scan is enough to cause cancer, I think that would be exceedingly unlikely. There are inherited traits that lead to increased cancer risk with radiation exposure but even then it would be a very rare occurrence. Cannot say it is impossible, though. That is why scans have to be ordered when truly necessary, not capriciously. Read more...

What is the risk of getting leukaemia from one chest CT scan?

Extremely low. The radiation dose from one cat scan is pretty low by itself. If you were having multiple cat scans for many years that would be more dangerous from a radiation standpoint. Read more...
The theoretical. increased cancer risk for a standard chest CT is approximately 0.06%(xrayrisk.com). To put this in perspective, you have about a 15X higher risk of dying in an automobile accident. Read more...

When you have a chest CT scan is it typical to do a set up lower dose scan before the actual scan? Or was I scanned twice? Scared about rad dose :\

Yes, the initial scan or "scout" is used to plan the actual scan. Otherwise there is no way other than guessing to determine whether the body part to be scanned is adequately covered, and there is also a danger of scanning more area than is actually necessary. Read more...