Radiation Cancer Risk Versus Life Expectancy
According to recent article in Radiology published online Radiology, “The importance of radiation exposure in determining optimal imaging usage is much reduced for patients with markedly reduced life expectancies: Imaging justification and optimization criteria for patients with substantially reduced life expectancies should not necessarily be the same as for those with normal life expectancies.”
Makes sense - imagine a situation with 75 year old with CAD post stenting discussing risk of cancer developing after coronary CT angiography.
According to the article “For a patient who had been treated with CABG surgery, the estimated reduction in lifetime radiation-associated lung cancer risk was approximately 57% for a 55-year-old patient, versus 12% for a 75-year-old patient.”
Radiation Cancer Risk Versus Life Expectancy Reviewed by Sumer Sethi on Friday, October 07, 2011 Rating: