November 17th, 2009

Medical Tests Hit Heart Patients With High Doses of Radiation

By Kelley Luckstein

Heart attack patients arriving at the hospital typically receive the radiation equivalent of 725 chest X-rays from medical tests during that single hospital stay, new research shows…

 

"We have to weigh the potential risk of radiation against the risk of not doing anything, and the risk would be very substantial, especially in these patients who were gravely ill," said Dr. Thomas Gerber, a spokesman for the heart association and a professor of medicine and radiation at the Mayo Clinic, in Jacksonville, Fla.

 

 

HealthDay by Amanda Gardner, 11/16/09

 

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