Consumer Reports has finally addressed a long-standing problem within the medical field. For too many years, doctors have ordered a large number of CT scans for a wide variety of potential conditions. This type of scan, though useful from a diagnostic perspective, is not without risks, including the fact that large doses of radiation can lead to the patient suffering a variety of cancers.
Consumer Reports specifically addresses those times when a doctor might push for a CT scan even when it is not necessary. It is impossible to know the motivation a doctor has when he orders a test like this, though there have been a number of reports that many doctors own an interest in the labs that provide CT scans. Though we trust our doctors to make good recommendations, we must still be responsible for our own health, and that means not submitting to a test that isn’t necessary.
The complete list of potentially unnecessary scans is worth checking out, but some of the most important include:
- Minor head injuries with no indication of concussion
- Congested sinuses or other headaches
- Screenings for prostate, breast, and colon cancers
- Pre-surgical scans when there is no indication the scan will provide useful information
Most Americans have learned from a young age to trust experts, and there are few experts treated with as much respect as physicians. But just because a person has earned their MD doesn’t mean they are always right. Don’t hesitate to question a doctor’s judgment. It’s your life.
If you suffer from cancer, and you suspect CT scan radiation as a causative factor, don’t hesitate to contact an attorney. An attorney can help you get the answers you need, pointing you towards experts who can determine what role the CT scan played in your developing this terrible disease.