As CT Radiation Accumulates, Cancer Risk May Rise

In that study, researchers led by Dr. Timothy Bullard, chief medical officer and a practicing emergency room physician at Florida's Orlando Regional Medical Center, suggested that the long-term buildup of radiation from repeated emergency room X-rays and CT scans might be placing some people at an increased risk for developing cancer.

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The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more on CT scans.

SOURCES: Aaron Sodickson, M.D., Ph.D., assistant director, Emergency Radiology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston; E. Stephen Amis Jr., M.D., chairman, radiology, Montefiore Medical Center, New York City; April 2009, Radiology

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