Immediate health risks supersede lifetime radiation-induced cancer risk in patients undergoing CT surveillance for testicular cancer, according to a new study.

Primary health risks outweigh long-term radiation concerns

19/Mar/2013

Immediate health risks supersede lifetime radiation-induced cancer risk in patients undergoing computed tomography (CT) surveillance for testicular cancer, according to a study published in the March issue of Radiology. Mass General Imaging radiologist Pari V. Pandharipande, MD, and colleagues write, "Lifetime radiation risk estimates, when used for decision making, may overemphasize radiation-induced cancer risks relative to short-term health risks," the authors write.

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Source: Physician's Briefing