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Had ct scan earlier this morning.No contrast.It is my 6th

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Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis

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Posted on Tue, 27 Mar 2018 in Medicines and Side Effects
Question: Had ct scan earlier this morning.No contrast.It is my 6th ct in my life.i never had any effects from them,but i feel a little yucky tonight, could it be from ct
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Answered by Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis 57 minutes later
Brief Answer:
it can't cause any symptoms

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

a CT scan (particularly without contrast media) cannot cause any symptoms. The more scans you do the higher the accumulated radiation in your body and the higher the risk for complications (including cancer, leukemia, mutations, etc).

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Follow up: Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis 28 minutes later
I dont plan on having anymore ever, unless its life or death. Is 6 a dangerous amount if this is the total amoint i have? Also, so to confirm. If i dont feel well tonight, its most likely not the ct without radiation from earlier, correct? Thank you.
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Answered by Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis 9 minutes later
Brief Answer:
probably not...

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The risk cannot be calculated on an individual basis as it depends on many factors and different individuals may be exposed to higher risk than others when doing the same CT scan. 6 scans does not sound too much for older individuals. 28-years old individuals should avoid such tests (particularly if other tests can be used) because of their young age and their higher life expectancy.

Different types of CT scan may be associated with different amounts of radiation. For example a CT scan of the lumbar spine exposes the patient to at least 4-5 times less radiation than an abdominal CT scan. Each subsequent CT scan increases the risk for malignancy by little but many CT scans may end up increasing the risk considerably.

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