Multiple studies have examined the benefits and risks of CT scans. Read the latest coverage on the issue in USA Today.
Experts weigh risks of CT scans
CT exams have transformed medicine. They give doctors information that has improved diagnosis and treatment for millions of patients. They identify problems that other studies don't show and often reduce the need for exploratory surgery. At the same time, they deliver more radiation than standard x-rays, a concern for pediatric patients who are more vulnerable to radiation than adults. Programs around the country are designed to reduce the amount of radiation used with children, such as the Image Gently campaign.
Learn how Mass General Imaging works to increase patient safety by reducing radiation exposure in CT exams and read the Q&A for parents with expert radiologist Dushyant Sahani, MD, director of CT at Mass General Imaging.