CT scans responsible for thousands of cancers each year

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Would you believe it if someone told you that no two CT scanners give off the same amount of radiation, and that there is no regulation regarding that amount?

Sad but true. And for some, potentially deadly.

The National Cancer Institute is reporting that CT scans may deliver far more harmful radiation than previously believed, and therefore may be responsible for thousands of cancer diagnoses every year—as many as 29,000 according to their estimate.

About 70 million CT scans are performed annually, and the number is going up. However, radiation amounts differ from one machine to the next, and they can differ by as much as a factor of 13, according to CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

Check out CNN's coverage of this story HERE.

By Ross Bonander

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