CT Scans and Cancer: What Is Their Relationship?
Computed tomography (CT) scan is a medical procedure that helps to verify and specify cancer occurrence, especially at the early stage. This process involves some levels of medical imaging radiation such as that of X-rays. However, there has been noise both in South Florida and nationally, about this medical technology enhancing cancer in patients. The veracity of this claim is non-existent. CT scans, as confirmed by researchers, have no evidence of causing or enhancing cancer in people. These researchers have noted that it is time to drop unproven myths that have held back medical professionals, regulators, and everyday people. It is time to believe otherwise – CT scans actually help to detect cancer in people.
Furthermore, there has been no evidence or recorded events of any negative health effect being contacted by people as a result of their exposure to CT scanners. In fact, people in places like South Florida have been said to be living longer than before. This can be attributed to the improvements many players in the South Florida medical sector have brought to the general populace. Some of these improvements include the radiation exposure from diagnostic medical equipment such as CT scans that have been regulated at doses way below the background radiation.
This widespread belief has limited medical practitioners to utilize a model known as Linear-No-Threshold, (LNT). LNT is the model doctors use to estimate cancer risks using low-dose radiation like medical imaging. The risk that could be estimated with this process is very theoretical; there are presently no concrete demonstrations or empirical evidence of the risk that could be brought about with the use of this model. LNT puts fears in the minds of the people, while driving medical costs excessively upward. Also, many unnecessary safety measures are adhered to, together with the fact that physicians are unable to use the proper imaging techniques.
Some of these false claims of radiation exposure leading to cancer are backed up with the assertion that nuclear bombing is a potent cause of cancer. However, when one studies the populations who have been exposed to this phenomenon – nuclear weapon – there is no evidence to suggest that cancer is increased by low-dose radiation exposure. In fact, the human body is immune against any damage that could be associated with low-dose radiation.
People are hereby urged to vigorously challenge the veracity of the claim. Since there is no record of low-dose radiation exposure causing cancer, it is in the hands of the people to fight for the cause. Regulators easily believe these claims, but when the people challenge the status quo, that is when the full potential of this medical technology – computed tomography – will be witnessed. The researchers concluded by saying, “the LNT should be finally and decisively by abandoned.”
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