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Re: How many Cts and X-rays have you all had
« Reply #10 on: August 20, 2014, 06:54:48 AM »
Well, the CT scans I had of my head were medically necessary. I don't think I've ever had a scan or xray for reassurance.  I live in Canada and all diagnostic tests the doctor must think are necessary.

The first CT scan I had a concussion so they wanted to make sure it wasn't too severe, the second I was waking up with SEVERE headaches and vomiting (I was really, really scared until that came back clear, even though my GP said it was very unlikely to be a BT) and the third time I had very bad vertigo and they wanted to rule a stroke out, and they did (it turned out to be BPPV).

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Re: How many Cts and X-rays have you all had
« Reply #11 on: August 20, 2014, 07:13:08 AM »
June, I think, Slang.



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As I always tell people who say "just go get X test to ease your mind,"  dx testing aren't necessarily risk free.  Even if the test, itself, holds no risk, often med testing lead to increased/unnecessary biopsies etc.   The testing you've had will only raise your risk negligibly.  However, it is important not go running off demanding testing out of some sense of "peace of mind".  The REAL damage won't be the radiation ( I mean many cancers are treated with it).  The real damage is that it makes anxiety worse in the end.


Having said those lovely things.  Out of fear  I believe I have had two x-rays "for peace of mind"---one was sinus and one was a dental.  I've had 2 brain MRIs and one ultrasound  for "reassurance"

I have never had a ct scan.  All of my med testing containing radiation, over the years have been, x-rays for actual injuries, dental x-rays and annual mammograms.  I have had mris of my back, ultrasounds, blood work, EMG, NCS and 2 uterine biopsies for diagnostic purposes.  I have an eye condition for which I am followed and have had an eye test twice that requires dye injected into my blood to do.  I have had 1 colonoscopy (age related)


finally:     Diagnostic testing is necessary for people everyday..  they shouldn't be avoided when there is ACTUAL medical need.   
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Re: How many Cts and X-rays have you all had
« Reply #12 on: August 20, 2014, 07:36:07 AM »
Well, the CT scans I had of my head were medically necessary. I don't think I've ever had a scan or xray for reassurance.  I live in Canada and all diagnostic tests the doctor must think are necessary.

The first CT scan I had a concussion so they wanted to make sure it wasn't too severe, the second I was waking up with SEVERE headaches and vomiting (I was really, really scared until that came back clear, even though my GP said it was very unlikely to be a BT) and the third time I had very bad vertigo and they wanted to rule a stroke out, and they did (it turned out to be BPPV).

Docs, even in the US, have to justify any scan too.  if, not, insurance won't cover them.  it doesn't mean they aren't for "reassurance" or are really "necessary"   docs are very good at 1. writing things up to get insurance to pay OR in a Canadian's case the government  to pay,  2. covering their backsides, JUST in case they are incorrect or because they want to be UBER cautious.   So if a person comes in hysterical or says the "right" things, just about any test will get approved. 

I will give you the perfect example of what I mean:  In 2009 I was convinced I had MS.  I finally went to the neurologist.  The doc did his thing.  he said I don't think it is MS.  I think it is certain back issues.  I am going to order cervical mri for the back issue I believe you have.  I am going to order a brain mri for reassurance for you.  Now, sixpack, I am going to put in the diagnostic coding "possible MS", not because I think it IS MS but I have to code it that way for insurance.
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Re: How many Cts and X-rays have you all had
« Reply #13 on: August 20, 2014, 07:38:22 AM »
A few x-rays and no CT scans as of yet, just a few MRI's.
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Re: How many Cts and X-rays have you all had
« Reply #14 on: August 20, 2014, 07:40:06 AM »
I forgot I had a barium enema and a nuclear stress test in the past which involve higher doses of radiation.
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Re: How many Cts and X-rays have you all had
« Reply #15 on: August 20, 2014, 04:29:15 PM »
I had two concussions. So the head ones I guess were needed. With the abdominal ones at the time I actually thought I needed them. I'm not too worried about the radiation from the scans as the increase in risk is not too much considering a six month stay on the space station is 80mSv and the maximum dose over a lifetime for an astronaut is 1S. Also I eat pretty healthy, rarely drink, haven't smoked or used chewing tobacco for awhile so I feel that takes me out of a predisposition to get it in a way I guess. I just hate to not know what's going on with my body. I just recently had blood work, urinalysis, ultrasound and chest xray for pain that's persisted in my back for near two months and the doctors say they don't know and the only route now is ct scan or mri which I don't care for either one. It's just my mind spirals and I'm very inquisitive so I need to know. Thanks for all the replies.
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Re: How many Cts and X-rays have you all had
« Reply #16 on: August 20, 2014, 04:31:34 PM »
I also read about a girl in her twenties who had I think 19 scans for kidney stones and another person who got burned in an mri I think so they could only do ct scans and they had had a bunch.
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Re: How many Cts and X-rays have you all had
« Reply #17 on: August 20, 2014, 05:39:55 PM »
I've had 3-4 CT's and about the same for MRI's.  Maybe 3-4 chest/spine x-rays as well.
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