How great would it be if you could give patients concrete numbers when you are talking about cancer risk and CT? Well, Dr. Hans Rosenberg (Univ of Ottawa) has come up with just such a table.
Using this table you can say that the risk is about “one in …”
PV Card: Cancer Risk from CT
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