CT scans & cancer? It is estimated that the # of CT scans done in 2007 will be responsible for 29 THOUSAND additional cancers due to radiation exposure. I can’t tell you how often I’ve had patients come in that had a CT or MRI (no radiation exposure w/ MRI) and there was no need.
This article does not even go into the # of patients that end up having epidurals & surgery for incidental findings on advanced imaging that are not the cause of a patient’s pain. Bottom line? Most of a doctor’s decision should be based on info that get from you. Labs, imaging should not be done blindly because there ARE risks.