Almost all medical procedures, including imaging procedures that use radiation, have risks associated with them.
Almost all medical procedures, including imaging procedures that use radiation, have risks associated with them.

Radiation in Medical Imaging has its benefits

For a brief snapshot that shows the power of medical imaging, consider these findings: 

  • Use of mammography to screen for breast cancer has resulted in a declining death rate, improved survival rate, and better treatment options.1 
  • Performing coronary CT angiography to examine the heart vessels in patients with chest pain helps guide treatment decisions with high accuracy and avoids costly invasive procedures.2 
  • Incorporating advanced medical imaging procedures into healthcare has significantly increased life expectancy in the US.3

1. American Cancer Society, Cancer Facts & Figures 2008, Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2008
2. Budoff MJ, Dowe D, Jollis JG, et al. Diagnostic performance of 64-multidetector row coronary computed tomographic angiography for evaluation of coronary artery stenosis in individuals without known coronary artery disease: results from the prospective multicenter ACCURACY (Assessment by Coronary Computed Tomographic Angiography of Individuals Undergoing Invasive Coronary Angiography) trial . J Am Coll Cardiol. 2008;52:1724-1732.
3. Lichtenberg FR. The quality of medical care, behavioral risk factors, and longevity frowth. Int J Health Care Finance Econ. 2011;11:1-34

Risks

A Matter of Exposure