It’s been long established that the radiation from CT scans can have negative consequences. The most commonly experienced side effect of the radiation is the development of cancer. Because of this, some doctors and hospitals have moved away from this procedure, though it remains one of the most common types of imaging used for diagnosis.
New research indicates there is another, majorly dangerous side effect of CT scan radiation. Radiation from CT scans has been demonstrated to damage cell DNA, which could be the reason it causes cancer. But cancer isn’t the only side effect of DNA damage. Other side effects include:
- Damaging or suppressing immune response, making the patient significantly more likely to contract a variety of diseases
- Premature aging, causing cosmetic damage but also increasing the likelihood of a variety of disorders
- Overwhelming fatigue and tiredness due to the body being forced to dedicate all its resources to attempting to repair the damaged DNA
As more and more side effects of radiation are discovered, it becomes more and more necessary to question whether or not these types of scan are appropriate in many situations. Unfortunately, it will take a major societal pushback against the medical establishment for anything to change. CT scans can be extremely profitable for hospitals and doctors alike.
If you or someone you love has suffered due to exposure to CT scan radiation, the best thing you can do is search for an experienced attorney to guide you through the process of getting that person the care they need. It can be very difficult to determine how much of your suffering is caused by the radiation exposure, but a qualified lawyer will know what to ask to get that question answered.