Is A CT Scan Safe?

Computed Tomography (CTS) Scans were first created in 1971. Since then, they have been completely safe and have been used by more than 100 million people to diagnose diseases and problems. It is one of the most reliable and secure tools a doctor has at his disposal.

What is the fuss about all this negative press? Let's first explain what a CT scanner is. A normal x-ray is taken by a short burst of light called "ionizing radiation". It then takes a picture. CT works similarly, except that it doesn't take the picture from one angle. You can book an appointment online at for a safe CT scan of your body.

Craft Body Scan

The CT machine can take all these images and create a 3D model from them. Although a CT scan is more dangerous than an x-ray, it produces a clear picture that your doctor can use to guide his or her treatment.

More CT scans are being used. They have been greatly reduced in cost and are now more efficient since 1980. A CT scan can complete a complete body scan in less than half an hour, even if you've had a very serious accident. CT scans are non-invasive, and you don't have to be in awkward positions while in pain.

Let's now look at why CT has received so much negative press in recent years. The New England Journal of Medicine published a report discrediting CT. According to the report, there is a higher rate of cancer in recent years than in previous years. 

Radiation can cause cancer and the article blamed CT for this. Although most scientists don't believe that radiation can cause cancer, the story was picked up and carried by many news outlets. The media created great hype pieces that fueled the fires.