CD Patients at Risk of Significant Diagnostic Radiation Exposure

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Ides
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   Posted 11/26/2008 6:36 PM (GMT -7)   
An article released by Reuters and available for viewing on Medscape outlines a study of the radiation exposure received by patients with Crohn's. Those of us with CD are often given CT scans when a problem arises. CT scans are multiple xray slices of an area thereby increasing the radiation exposure. While one should not forego a diagnostic test when it is really needed, it also doesn't hurt to question the necessity of such tests.
 
I had 2 abdominal CT scans six weeks apart. about 3 months later a different doctor wanted me to have a CT scan of my ankle. I asked it there wasn't another test that would give the same results without the radiation exposure. I had an ultrasound of the ankle instead of the CT. The doctor was happy and I saved myself the radiation exposure.
 
Crohn's Disease Patients at Risk of Significant Diagnostic Radiation Exposure
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Sniper
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   Posted 11/26/2008 8:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Is this why I glow in the dark???
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Ides
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   Posted 11/26/2008 8:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Sniper, I am sure this is the reason!! Has NSA asked you to stand in the desert outside Roswell, NM?
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randynoguts
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   Posted 11/26/2008 9:03 PM (GMT -7)   
you and me both sniper!
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ivy6
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   Posted 11/26/2008 9:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much for posting this, Ides.

Randy, are you the person here who has to limit x-rays from now because you've had too many, or is it someone else?

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Sniper
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   Posted 11/26/2008 10:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Really though I have had so many CTs, X rays and MRI that I wonder what effects they are having on me. Where's my Rad counter when I need it ? Ides, I have to stay away from Roswell. The US Gov would haul me away and say I was never there. Just a Fig Neuton of the imagination.
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.


teddybearweiser
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   Posted 11/27/2008 2:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I think we all glow in the dark after all those test we all have.
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital

in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.

My GI doctor has me on Asacol, Dicyclomine,Imuran,Celebrex and Remicade. B-12 injection once a month.
Also diagnosed with Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis


auntkay
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   Posted 11/27/2008 7:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I must be glowing just had a MRI on monday and waiting on results.

gachrons
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   Posted 11/27/2008 8:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ides I had 3CT's in 2 years hope that will be it for awhile. Ulta sound does sound like a better choice at times. Speacially for abcess DX. Now do I win a turkey leg? lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still alive.lol gail


SydneyJo
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   Posted 11/27/2008 4:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for posting this Ides, I have a feeling that I would glow in the dark too, lost count of how many scans etc Ive had UGH
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randynoguts
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   Posted 11/28/2008 3:44 AM (GMT -7)   
yes ivy , thats me. maybe someone else as well but i dont know. i can only get CT's now when really necessarry, like for an emergency etc.. even SBFT's etc... who knows though these rules may change the next time some scientist gets a wild hair.
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