CT Scans in Kids Result in Cancers

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By Molly Clifton

Reducing unnecessary CT scans in children and lowering the doses of radiation used in those scans could save lives, according to a new study in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

Researchers say the 4 million pediatric CT scans conducted each year result in approximately 5,000 future cases of cancers.

They say the radiation doses used in computed tomography are 100 to 500 times higher than in traditional x-rays.

 



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