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Childhood CT and Cancer- NIH Reports

In a study published in Lancet online on June 7th, researchers report that hildren and young adults scanned multiple times by computed tomography (CT), a commonly used diagnostic tool, have a small increased risk of leukemia and brain tumors in the decade following their first scan. These findings are from a study of more than 175,000 children and young adults that was led by researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, and at the Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University, England. However, they emphasize that when a child suffers a major head injury or develops a life-threatening illness, the benefits of clinically appropriate CT scans should outweigh future cancer risks. 

Further Reading: NIH Study Website
Childhood CT and Cancer- NIH Reports Reviewed by Sumer Sethi on Thursday, June 07, 2012 Rating: 5

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