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ANCHOR LEAD:   DO CT EXAMS CAUSE CANCER?  ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

CT scans cause cancer.  That’s the short version of a recently reported study looking at radiation exposure related to CT and subsequent cancer risk.  Eliot Fishman, a CT expert at Johns Hopkins, says a closer look at the study helps dispel fears.  

FISHMAN:  They made a statement that said that 2% of all cancers are caused by CT.  There’s no data.  There’s never been a reported patient who’s gotten cancer from getting a CT scan.  They created all sorts of extrapolations, that if you did X, Y and Z what happened under the worst of circumstances theoretically something could happen, but nothing has ever happened to a patient.  No patient has ever gotten cancer from a CT scan.  So there was significant issues with that, it was very misleading and worried a lot of people.                      :27

Fishman is concerned that patients who hear about the study may decline CT scans based on the belief that cancer may result, and leave a much more imminent threat undiagnosed.  He says patients should become informed in order to make the best decisions.  I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.               


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