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How often is it really safe to have a CT scan for kidney stones?

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In brief: Not often

Having a ct scan exposes a person to low doses of radiation.
Most people will have at least one ct scan in there lifetime, which is not harmful. However, people with chronic conditions, like stones, may be exposed to radiation from imaging tests like ct scans multiple times in their life, which can be harmful. Trying to use alternative methods like ultrasound, if possible, is a good option.

In brief: Not often

Having a ct scan exposes a person to low doses of radiation.
Most people will have at least one ct scan in there lifetime, which is not harmful. However, people with chronic conditions, like stones, may be exposed to radiation from imaging tests like ct scans multiple times in their life, which can be harmful. Trying to use alternative methods like ultrasound, if possible, is a good option.
Dr. Matthew Thom
Dr. Matthew Thom
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In brief: Should limit

Ct scans use ionizing radiation which is known to cause damage to tissues.
There have been no studies proving that it causes cancer, but it is assumed and radiologists try to limit the number of cts patients get. We don't know what a safe amount of radiation is, so we try to use it sparingly. Ultrasound can be used safely to evaluate for complications of renal stones.

In brief: Should limit

Ct scans use ionizing radiation which is known to cause damage to tissues.
There have been no studies proving that it causes cancer, but it is assumed and radiologists try to limit the number of cts patients get. We don't know what a safe amount of radiation is, so we try to use it sparingly. Ultrasound can be used safely to evaluate for complications of renal stones.
Dr. Justin Buchanan
Dr. Justin Buchanan
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