A CAT scan is a highly used medical test that is able to accurately combine x-ray and computer technology to aid radiologists in diagnosing various cardiovascular diseases, infectious diseases, internal trauma, and certain types of cancer. While this painless, non-invasive procedure has been lifesaving in recent years in the way it has been able to aid doctors in detecting diseases early, many patients have begun to worry about the risk of radiation involved in undergoing a CAT scan. Thusly, the goal of this post will be to weigh the benefits of getting a CAT scan against the perceived risk of radiation.
The main fear people have about receiving a CAT scan is that it could lead to cancer, particularly lung or breast cancer, later in life. However, before telling your physician that you do not want to undergo the CAT scan they have suggested, it is important to consider the facts about these scans. While it is true that CAT scans expose patients to radiation, the amount of radiation used during this test is generally very low, though the amount of radiation used can vary from one test to the next depending on the situation. This amount of radiation is not likely to lead to cancer; it is only if you undergo multiple CAT scans that you would be at an increased risk of cancer. At this point, you would want to discuss alternative diagnostic tests with your doctor. However, if you have yet to undergo a CAT scan, or have undergone them only a couple of times, the benefits of this scan likely outweigh the risks for you. Here are just a few of the benefits that a CAT scan can provide.
The Benefits of CAT Scans
A CAT scan is an extremely comprehensive scan that can record images of bones, soft tissue, and blood vessels simultaneously at extreme speeds. In fact, a full body CAT scan can be completed in less than ten minutes. This makes CAT scans extremely lifesaving as they can detect serious internal injuries in a timely manner. Another benefit of CAT scans is that they can detect a wide variety of diseases and health complications in a non-invasive manner. In fact, CAT scans can make surgical biopsies and exploratory surgery unnecessary, which can save time, money, and can reduce instances of unnecessary exploratory surgery.
Ultimately, you will have to decide for yourself whether it would be beneficial for you to undergo a CAT scan. However, it is undeniable how lifesaving this procedure has been proven to be, and if your doctor has suggested you undergo a CAT scan you should take the time to seriously consider how much this procedure could benefit you compared to how minimal the risks are. Contact us to find out more about the risks and benefits involved in undergoing a CAT scan.