With radiation levels increasing accross the entire northern hemisphere the radiation your doctor uses takes on a new dangerous meaning. Physicians know that radiation is dangerous but they cannot help themselves, they love to use radiation both in testing and in treatment. Modifying physician behavior is hard thing to do but we have to do it and do it now in the radiation departments. How doctors and hospitals relate to and use radiation in both diagnosis and treatment of disease needs to come under full review and in most cases be brought to a halt.
Modifying physician behavior is hard thing to do but we have to do it and do it now in the radiation departments. How doctors and hospitals relate to and use radiation in both diagnosis and treatment of disease needs to come under full review and in most cases be brought to a halt.
Radiation at extremely low levels is a health hazard that medicine is not dealing with as shown by its use of dangerous levels of radiation in both its diagnosis and treatment of disease.
We have talked earlier about evacuation as a prudent response to radiation exposure so as to avoid ever-higher levels of nuclear contamination. In this chapter we call for doctors to abandon the use of CAT scans and mammograms as well as a complete abandonment of the use of radiation in cancer therapy. Dentists also must abandon at a minimum their three-dimensional scans that expose their patients to unnecessary extra radiation.
Federal agencies are obligated to rein in what it considers to be unjustified -- and potentially dangerous -- medical procedures. Problem is that no one is looking at how dangerous radiation is and how that danger takes on a new dimension in the post Fukushima world. Radiation coming from Japan is entering the environment on top of a vast field of pollution from heavy metals like mercury and a host of chemicals.
Radiation idiocy in hospitals has become routine and we have to dig to find if it is just greed or a natural reflex of arrogant doctors who just have no way to control their egos. In the middle of June 2011 we find out in the New York Times that hundreds of hospitals across the country needlessly exposed patients to radiation by scanning their chests twice on the same day, exposing them to massive amounts of radiation needlessly. Stupidity and radiation departments go together in the modern world of contemporary medicine.
Radiation hazards have been grossly underestimated because they have to be. If they were not then both the medical industry and the atomic power industry would be vulnerable to staggering liabilities.
Performing two scans in succession is rarely necessary, radiologists say, yet some hospitals were doing that more than 80 percent of the time for their Medicare chest patients, according to Medicare outpatient claims from 2008, the most recent year available. The rate is typically less than one percent, or in some cases zero, at major university teaching hospitals. Double scanning is also common among privately insured patients who tend to be younger.
Double scans expose patients to extra radiation while heaping millions of dollars in extra costs on an already overburdened Medicare program. A single CT scan of the chest is equal to about 350 standard chest X-rays, so two scans are twice that amount or as high as 884 X-rays.Every physician knows that radiation can lead to cancer but their insanity is so great that they continue to expose their patients even after the Fukushima accident, which should be telling doctors to slam on the breaks at radiation departments. The last thing patients need after being exposed to radiation from Fukushima is exposure to more radiation.
One study shows that the most common childhood leukemia is doubled with as few as three X-rays, and that even a single X-ray increases the chances of one type of leukemia.
CT scans deliver far more radiation than most of us have believed and may contribute to 29,000 new cancers each year, along with 14,500 deaths. A patient could get as much radiation from one CT scan as 74 mammograms or 442 chest X-rays. So we can see how brutal the use of CT scans are and how barbarous it is when double scans are used for no other reason than to increase what can be billed to Medicare or private patients.
Radiation is an invisible terror that works insidiously in the background so it is easy to hide its place in the deterioration of the public's health. But slowly and steadily radiation hazards will destroy not only our health but that of our children and our children's children and many more generations to come.
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