Patients: Has your healthcare provider ever ordered a head CT to further investigate your headaches? Have you wondered how much radiation you are exposed to during the procedure? Or wondered what a head CT looks like?
Healthcare Providers: Has your patient ever asked you how much radiation they are exposed to when you order a head CT? Did you know that the radiation dose of one Chest CT is approximately 350 times the radiation dose of a chest x-ray?Use myRadiology to keep track of your x-rays, CTs, MRIs and many common radiology procedures and interventions. Although crucial to the practice of modern medicine, many radiology procedures involve the use of ionizing radiation which is known to cause cancer. For each Sv (1000 milliSieverts) of radiation exposure your additional risk of dying from cancer increases by 5%. However, most patients and many providers do not have a clear understanding of the risk, nor the amount of radiation for a common procedure such as a CT.
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