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Over the past 5 days I have had two catscans and am

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Over the past 5 days I have had two catscans and am abdominal xray. Over the past 5 years I have had an additional brain ct, 2 abdominal cat scans and a head and neck ct as well. They were all deemed medically necessary but I am completely panicking about its effects and cancer. Thoughts?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Oncology
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 11 months ago.

Thanks for this question.

Yes, this is a lot of radiation.

The best thing you can do is avoid any further radiation in the future.

Ultrasounds or MRIs should be done if possible

Expert:  Dr. David replied 11 months ago.

This is Dr. David

I am a cancer doctor

that is not a lot of radiation

we are all exposed to radiation every year we live on earth.

we get 3-5 mSv of radiation every year we live on earth.

you don't have to panic about the radiation causing you cancer.

those scans were medically necesary

all of your cells in your body have ways to repair DNA damage from radiation from medical scans and from exposure

you don't have to worry

let me know if you have questions

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I'm totally panicking and for some reason two doctors answered and said that it was alot of radiation. So now I'm confused...
Expert:  Dr. David replied 11 months ago.

I'm sorry about the confusion.

the scans you have had is some radiation exposure but it is not a dangerous amount of radiation exposure.

have you flown on an airplane before? this can increase your radiation exposure because it gets you up at higher elevations

you have lived on earth now for 33 years, and this can cause 33 years of radiation exposure living on earth

all of your cells can repair DNA damage from radiation exposure.

so there is no reasons to stress about your prior radiation exposure.

there is nothing you can do about it now.

so no point to worry about this radiation.

Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 11 months ago.

I would like to provide another opinion.

This is a great deal of radiation.

They might be necessary but other types of scans can often be done.

MRIs, ultrasounds, etc

Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 11 months ago.

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