Is it too often that we overlook the damage that comes from radiation in medical imaging? While radiation is often necessary, when we do observe what damage it is doing to the body? In some ways it is a bit of a double-edged sword as it advances us in identifying with what is wrong internally although it could be potentially harmful. There is a serious downside in that it is said to possibly damage DNA in the body and increase a patient’s chances of developing diseases such as cancer. Going about this issue is difficult and controversial at that.
Although technology has advanced and the imaging we have available to us is incredible, CT scans account for the most accurate patient diagnosis. Is there a way to avoid harming patients and can we reduce the risk that is associated with analyzing the body? It is the responsibility of the physician and the patient to have a deep understanding of what consequences are involved with radiation.
Radiologists and medical technicians are responsible for letting patients know that there is risk involved in radiation. The medical community has discussed the issue and has found various ways to reduce the level without taking away from the quality that comes from caring for the patient. It is difficult to identify which dose is safe or acceptable for each scan although it is apparent that when it is extremely high, the effects are unacceptable in various cases.
Professionals in the medical community have come up with diverse ways in which they can eliminate the risk involved with radiation exposure. It’s possible that by managing CT scans in patients more closely, limiting repeated uses of CT and by customizing the radiation doses (depending on the weight and size of the individual) they can keep patients safe from cell damage in the near future. They also believe that if they provide doctors with updated studies on diagnostic imaging they can limit when imaging technology is needed and when it should be avoided.
If medical technicians and radiologists could work together to gather information on individual patients instead of comparing results to ‘the whole’ they may be able to take a closer look at what types of bodies are most affected by large doses. It’s essential that there is clear communication between doctors and patients during this process so that there isn’t unnecessary imaging taking place in any medical department. There’s likely to be an ongoing study of this type of imaging to prevent harmful results in any patient. While the purpose of radiation is to help the people we can only continue to research the technology and patients to innovate medicine and technology involved in analyzing the body.