Immediate health risk must be weighed against radiation-induced cancer risk

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Many of us are familiar with this risk calculation with respect to CT and PET scans, or Total Body Irradiation. Not easy, but most of us make the willing trade-off being living now and the longer-term risks. Trade-off is different of course for children (see CT Scans and Cancer: What Parents Need to Know and Do), and it is always good practice to discuss the need for scans and the trade-offs with one’s doctors:

“This must be considered when physicians make imaging decisions for their patients, because the timing of risks changes their relevance,” Dr. Pandharipande said. “Risks incurred later in life are not the same as those faced in the present. If you had to choose between the chance of incurring a serious risk now or later in life, most people would choose the latter.”

Immediate health risk must be weighed against radiation-induced cancer risk.

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