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Hi. I had surgery last year which led to an abscess/sepsis in my abdomen. I was very sick and the abscess recurred. All is well now, however my question is about the amount of testing I underwent in the hospital and then as an outpatient. I had 4 separate multiphase(oral and IV contrast) abdominal/pelvic CT scans within 4 months. I was doing some reading and this is a huge amount of radiation. Am I in danger now of developing cancer or something of the sorts? I’ve had other imaging studies as well throughout my life including a coronary CTA and a brain CTA, etc... so this was not my first exposure. I’m 42 years old.
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Oncologist: Dr. Sohaib, Doctor replied 4 months ago
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I am Dr. Sohaib, a practicing Internal Medicine Consultant with over 13 years of experience and I will do my best to help you today.
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Oncologist: Dr. Sohaib, Doctor replied 4 months ago

Estimating the risk of developing cancer from a particular imaging exam is difficult, because of availability of limited epidemiologic data. However, there is definitely a consensus in the medical society that the risk is real, but very small for an individual.

In general, lifetime attributable cancer risk model predicts that 1 in 1000 persons exposed to 10 mSv (equal to one CT scan) will develop cancer.

American Society of Radiologic Technologists has an online radiation risk calculator.

You can click this link and assess the risks.

http://www.xrayrisk.com/calculator/calculator.php

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