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Cancer is a broad term used to group a number of diseases together which are characterized by the abnormal and uncontrolled proliferation of cells to the extent that they start to invade upon neighboring structures and organs.

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Am I likely to develop cancer after having multiple CT and MRI scans?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 29 years old. Within six months of having a delivery, I have done a head CT, and three chest CT studies to rule out PE. My first PE study was done with a protective shielding on my chest to reduce the radiation to my breasts. I did not have any shielding on my second study. During my...  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to CT of the head might have given you two mSv radiation. CT of the abdomen and pelvis might have given you 14 mSv radiation. CT scan of the chest might have given you 45 mSv radiation. The total radiation dose received approximately is 61 mSv. You might have an additional...  Read Full »

I had frequent CT scans. Will I get cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 50 year old male. My height is 5'11" and weight is 170 lbs. I do not have any major health issue, but my brother and mother had recently come down with leukemia. Recently had a CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis repeated with and without contrast material. Before four years, I also ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The recent computed tomography (CT) scan of abdomen and pelvis has a radiation dose of 12.366 mSv which means it is causing an additional cancer risk of 0.06 percent. This is quite low and not a reason to get worried. The radiation dose from the three CT scans for ...  Read Full »

What does my CT scan reports of lung nodule indicate?

Query: Hi doctor, For lung nodules, in the last three years, I had three scans with different radiologists. I would like to get it checked by one radiologist for any actual growth or changes that would indicate cancer. Does the lung nodule getting bigger? Due to my low platelet count, a lung biopsy is more...  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Generally, lung nodule (small tissue like growth) is suspected to be a cancer if it doubles in size between 1 and 18 months. As per CT scan done before four years, it measures approximately 2.0 x 1.5 cm (anteroposterior x transverse) with a calcification in it. ...  Read Full »

What is the possibility of cerebral microhemorrhages being hemorrhagic metastatic melanoma?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been having neuro issues such as seizures, headaches, etc., for the past 2.5 years. I was tested for paraneoplastic syndrome and came up as reactive on immunofluorescence, but negative ultimately on western blot. Still, a PET scan was done and it was clear. I have had several bra...  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to In cancer, the size of the lesion usually doubles in 30 to 180 days. Therefore, if the lesions do not show any increase in size during the past six months, then it is less unlikely to be a cancer. You can upload one of your CD for me to see in detail. Microhemo...  Read Full »

Does the MRI of the neck show any sign of cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother is suffering from severe neck pain for the past year. Her doctor believes it might be arthritis, but he is not sure. She even got several shots in her neck for pain by a physical therapist but nothing seems to be working. My mother got her first MRI scan done a week back with...  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I had a detailed look at the contrast images of your mother (attachment removed to protect patient identity). There appears to be light gray to black areas seen in the central portion of T1 and the left side of T2 vertebral bodies. These findings were not clearly seen ...  Read Full »

Will CT chest and IV contrast done multiple times cause cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, I suffer from tachycardia post covid for two weeks. I had a nuclear stress test with Lexiscan as I could not able to do treadmill. After a week, I did a chest CT with IV contrast for knowing whether I have a blood clot or not. Now I have overcome anxiety developed due to high radiation e...  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Radiation exposure from diagnostic images causes a small increased risk of developing cancer. It is much more significant in children and it is less in adults. There are many factors in radiation exposure that is responsible for the development of cancer. The small radi...  Read Full »

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