What Do My Scan Reports Indicate?
Also, if it did:
What can I do to repair my dna to the damage done by the radiation? I heard your body heals low levels of radiation. What is considered low levels? What are the average levels used for head and kidney stones?
Cancer risk not significantly increased
Thanks for your query. I understand your concerns.
In general, risk of cancer from diagnostic scans is much lower as compared to radiation therapy. So overall, I don't think you have increased the risk of cancer and hence there is no method to lower it further.
Now coming to the dose received. As per standard methods, the estimated radiation dose from head CT is 2 mSv and that from whole abdomen CT is 10 mSv. The natural radiation dose received per year is around 3 mSv. So it is definitely more than that but not alarming. These levels are likely to be healed by the body.
Overall, there is nothing to worry much now but doctors usually try to limit further CT scans unless really necessary.
Hope this helps.
So I should have to worry about the radiation from ct scans or getting leukemia?
Yes much of the smoking damage can be healed
since you had stopped smoking quite a few years back, I don't think this radiation has got any synergistic action with it. So I really don't think risk of cancer or leukemia has increased significantly.
When two factors work together
So that the net effect is much more than expected. If the factors work separately then effect is much lower.
so you're saying no increase cancer risk really with the ct scan and that I stopped smoking?
Yes high doses are the culprits
Lower doses can be taken care of by the body. And now that you have stopped smoking and these two CT scans have not added significant radiation, cancer risk is like a normal individual.