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CT scan radiation fears

Nov 19, 2018
hi everyone i just wanted to post this as i have been suffering from this anxiety for a while now last year in april of 2017 i had an abdominal ct scan done to rule out appendicitis it turned out that was negative but now i live with the fear of getting a deadly cancer from that ct scan i have alot of anxiety over it and i was wondering if anybody could ease my mind about it i hate reading on the internet about how dangerous they are when i didnt know about it going into the scan i havent really had that many x rays in my life even i had a abdominal x ray a year before the ct scan when i slipped and fell outside in the winter but im just worried about the radiation and cancer. i forgot to mention that im 21 now i had the scan when i was 20


Staff member
Jul 3, 2016
To be really honest with you, they wouldn’t conduct those scans, if they would be that dangerous. Granted the X-ray concentration is higher, nevertheless, you would need to have a few dozens of them shortly one after the other until you would get to the point of it being dangerous and increasing the risk of cancer.


Active Member
Aug 9, 2018
My first tip would be to avoid Googling when it comes to this kind of stuff. It will only drive your health anxiety mad. Most of these health links are BS and only looking for clicks.
However this article might make you feel better.

"At the low doses of radiation a CT scan uses, your risk of developing cancer from it is so small that it can't be reliably measured."


Don't forget many things in daily life can slightly increase chance of cancer.. fast food.. fumes in the air.. too much sun.. barbecues lol. Just live your life and don't worry about it, your going to be fine, just don't have these scans all the time.
Feb 27, 2018
I don’t think you (or anyone) is going to get cancer from an occasional x Ray or ct scan at the doctor. I’m going to a chiropractor right now for a back issue I was having and they did an x Ray as soon as a I got there the first time. So I’m assuming they do that for every single patient that they see so if you think about it so many people would be getting cancer if x rays actually caused it. I think you are fine!
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