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Overuse of CT scans will lead to new cancer deaths, a study shows

Los Angeles Times, December 15, 2009
Widespread overuse of CT scans and variations in radiation doses caused by different machines are subjecting patients to high radiation doses that will ultimately lead to tens of thousands of new cancer cases and deaths, researchers reported. The two new studies published in the Archives of Internal Medicine are the first to quantify the extent of exposure and the related risks, the Los Angeles Times reports. Each year that current scanners are used, researchers reported, 14,500 deaths could result.