A new study found that more than half of all patients sent for costly abdominal CT scans don’t even need the test. But it gets worse. Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison believe the high doses of radiation from those tests cause at least 23,000 radiation-induced cancers every year.
Talk about robbery – but forget “your money or your life,” because in this case you could lose both.
A single CT scan delivers as much radiation as 113 chest X-rays. Around 20 percent use a dose equal to 500 chest X-rays, and some get even more – up to 1,000 X-rays, delivered in one mega-dose of damage.
All for a test that more than half the patients never even need to begin with! Think about that next time your doc orders one up.
This new report comes hot on the heels of research showing how 4 million Americans are exposed to overly high levels of radiation each year. Another recent report found that Americans today are typically exposed to seven times the radiation from diagnostic tests as we were 30 years ago.
Diagnostic testing – not just these CT scans – represent one of the biggest scams in modern medicine. The overwhelming majority of these tests are done to make a quick and ugly buck off your deepest fears.
Abdominal CT scans alone can cost around $6500 a pop – but who even stops to think about the price when their doc implies something may be wrong? No one! In fact, most people can’t wait to get the test done because they’re worried sick – usually for no good reason.
The worst are docs with their own testing equipment – believe me, just about everyone who walks in that door ends up with a test. Someone’s gotta pay the bills, right?
And guess what – you’re today’s lucky winner. Thanks for playing… be sure to stop at the window to pay on your way out.