MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Children receiving frequent CT scans may be exposed to radiation that slightly increases their risk of developing brain cancer or leukemia, according to an international research effort led by Newcastle University.
The risk is minor and likely does not outweigh the benefits of having the test, but draws attention to the need to for advances in imaging technology that further limit patients’ exposure to potentially harmful radiation.
Researchers observed nearly 180,000 patients under the age of 22 who had undergone CT scanning between 1985 and 2002, according to AP Newswire.
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