A study led by Newcastle University suggests that multiple CT scans in childhood could triple the risk of developing brain cancer (brain tumour) or leukaemia.
But, writing in The Lancet the authors stressed that the benefits of CT scan usually outweighs the risks. The study merely underlined the guidelines on the use of the scans in the UK, where they should only be used when necessary.
CT (computerised tomography) scans involves an X-ray tube that rotates around the patient’s body to produce detailed images of the internal organs and other parts of the body. It is the exposure to radiation that is of concern, and that is why there are regulations on its use, which is stricter than those in the US.
Swain & Co.’s medical negligence solicitors say that the study further stresses the need for the guidelines and the safeguards to patients that they represent. It also suggests that manufacturers of CT scan equipment should look at ways to reduce the radiation doses.
It also means that where children have been exposed to multiple scans, there could be a need for future monitoring to look for early symptoms of cancer, as early detection and treatment can reduce complications and increase success in treatment.
Sadly, we often see failure and/or delays in diagnosis and treatment of cancer that can have devastating consequences for the patient.
This is when Swain & Co. can help. If you have suffered complication for doctors’ mistakes or from failure to diagnosis or delays in treatments, you could be entitled to compensation.
We can help you get the answers you need, can act on a no win no fee basis to get the compensation you deserve and we offer free initial advice to discuss the potential or a claim.
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