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Radiation Risks – Separating Hype from Substance!

“I just received two x-rays and CT head scans recently. Will I develop cancer 😨?”

A 41-year man comes for a CT abdomen study to rule out appendicitis. What is his risk of developing cancer due to the CT radiation?

A 29-year old seminoma survivor with 4 prior CTs comes for his 5th CT. Is his risk of cancer more on this 5th CT compared to the previous ones? By how much?

A 14-weeks by gestation pregnant patient with trauma needs an urgent CT study for further evaluation. What is the risk of fetal harm due to radiation? Is it less than the risk at 6 weeks?

If you are often stumped by questions related to radiation risks like these, you are not alone! In this video, we talk about common myths related to the harmful effects of radiation. Dr. Akshay Baheti explains how radiation risks are often overstated. Also, check out our new distraction-free premium AI-powered video platform. You can search for a particular term in the video in the upper right corner. This the same platform that I have been using for our radiology cases section.

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Dr. Amar Udare, MD, DNB

Dr Amar UdareDr. Amar Udare is a board-certified radiologist. He is currently working as a fellow radiologist at McMaster University, Canada. He has a passion for teaching (#FOAMrad and #FOAMed) and has been a semi-finalist for the 2018 and 2020 Aunt-Minnie Most effective Radiology Educator Awards. He has authored multiple peer-reviewed publications which can be accessed on PubMed and Google Scholar.

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