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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Can CT scans increase your risk of cancer?

    I've heard that ct scans can increase your risk of cancer.

    Would my risk of cancer increase from having a abdominal and pelvic multiphase ct scan?

    Thanks very much for your help.
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    CT scans use X-rays and so *may* increase your risk of cancer.

    Current thinking is that this risk is very small.

    The benefits of CT scans (in your case, an abdominal and pelvic multiphase CT scan) are very likely to provide your care team with helpful information which outweigh those risks.

    You might find this link helpful: 
    http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/ct-scan/expert-answers/ct-scans/faq-20057860 .

    I suggest that you have a look at it and then discuss the risks and benefits with your care team.

    All the best.

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