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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hey Dr. I am 39 years old I am fairly healthy excluding the past year. Starting in September of 2009 I had severe abdominal pain, the ER Doctor gave me a CT scan with contrast, about 3 weeks later I was experiencing dizziness, and severe abdominal pain again, the doctors gave me another Ct of the abdomen and skull. Their conclusion was my Gall bladder was defective. HIDA scan was ordered. After gall bladder surgery I had a lot of other problems gastro problems. The Gi doc ordered Gastric emptying test in January which was normal. I began experiencing severe heartburn which would not go away with antiacid. So in May they odered a cardiolite test. I told my doctor that I was very concerned about more radiation considering all the Ct scans. He explain that the cardiolite had very little radiation. So I did the test. After the fact I found out that the cardiolite test has a lot of radiation about 40 msv. I am really concerned about the radiation. I feel physically better now but I am a little scared or concerned. I think that with all my test together I have had about 65-70 msv not sure. Prior to that horrible year I had only a few x-rays. I am very concerned about radiation poisoning and cancer. What is your opinion is my concern warranted
Doctor :   Hello.
User :   hello
Doctor :   Let me read your query.
User :   sure
User :   I had no idea about the cardolite and radiation strength
Doctor :   There are chances of cancer with exposure of less than 100msv also.
User :   what is your opinion
User :   true
User :   Is it comulative
User :   I am basically glowing :)
Doctor :   65-70 high for any test.
Doctor :   How did you calculate it?
User :   Abdominal scans are 12, I had 2, and skull is 2 msv and the cardiolite is 40 msv
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   I had a very tough year
Doctor :   Radiation exposure is also measured as amount pf exposure per year.
User :   gotcha
User :   dunno what that means though
Doctor :   It is calculate as total amount of exposure for a year.
User :   those are the test I had for the year
User :   unfortunately
Doctor :   In your case it is around 65-70.
User :   but I really was sick
User :   what is your conslusion
Doctor :   There are chance for certain CA like that of liver.
Doctor :   But it is remote.
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