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What are the risks of a brain CT scan?

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Dr. Anthony Mosley
Neurology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Very safe in general

A plain ct scan really only caries the risk of a fairly modest radiation exposure, so we typically only start to worry about this for people who get many cts in a single year. If it is being done with intravenous contrast, then there is a risk of allergic reaction to the iodine, as well as some risk of kidney damage in those with underlying kidney risk factors (eg elderly, diabetes).

In brief: Very safe in general

A plain ct scan really only caries the risk of a fairly modest radiation exposure, so we typically only start to worry about this for people who get many cts in a single year. If it is being done with intravenous contrast, then there is a risk of allergic reaction to the iodine, as well as some risk of kidney damage in those with underlying kidney risk factors (eg elderly, diabetes).
Dr. Anthony Mosley
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Dr. Joseph Gemmete
Radiology - Interventional
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Extremely low

The risk of a brain ct is extremely low.
Radiation is utilized, however the dose you will receive is not enough to cause injury.

In brief: Extremely low

The risk of a brain ct is extremely low.
Radiation is utilized, however the dose you will receive is not enough to cause injury.
Dr. Joseph Gemmete
Dr. Joseph Gemmete
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