Any of Your Children Had a CT Scan ?

Updated on October 29, 2014
M.U. asks from Melvin, IA
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My youngest daughter 4 YEARS OLD had a CT SCAN. From that live day thinking what their future health. I have seen several post where moms while expressing this concern. I want to know how their children have been? as they have faced the fear of the risks of tc scan? His words will help me a lot thanks.

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answers from Las Vegas on

it's a tough call.. in that a ct scan does allow for a lot of radiation and the machine is usually calibrated for an "adult" even if a child is undergoing the exam. That said, Dr. Mercola has written quite a few articles about ct scanning and other radiation type of exams.. if you go to (type in CT scan under the search area... you can get a doctor's perspective on the topic and then weigh out all the information..
best of luck to you..

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answers from Houston on

Your child had a CT scan and you are concern about their health from the scan, correct?

Your child will be fine. While there is some radiation it won't be enough to do damage. My son has had 3 CT scans and 2 MRIs. He is now 22. He is ok.

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answers from Boston on

M., I assume you mean a CT scan? My kids haven't needed them but my siblings did when they were younger and I have some friends who have children with chronic health issues/disabilities who need periodic CT scans as part of their regular health care and none have suffered any obvious issues from their scans. Your carefully weigh the benefits and risks. If the risk of not having the scan are greater than the risks that could potentially come down the line years later due to radiation exposure, you have the scan done. It's important to be aware of the risks of repeated exposure so that scans aren't done when they aren't really necessary, but sometimes they are a critical diagnostic tool. It's really hard to find a clear cause and effect anyway...there are studies that indicate a correlation in cancer rates and increase exposure to radiation through a variety of exposure types, so it's an important thing to be aware of, but you never know which risks one is exposed to over a lifetime actually trigger a disease like cancer.

For what it's worth, I had to have a CT scan while pregnant with twins to rule out a suspected blood clot. The risk of dying from a blood clot was greater than the risk of exposing the babies to radiation in utero, so it was a prudent choice. The kids are fine.

Rather than focus on one test your child had, focus on her overall health and well being and do what you can to boost her immune system, set her up for a lifetime of healthy habits, limit her exposure to toxins in the air, food, and environment, etc. There is no point in worrying yourself over this.

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answers from Springfield on

My kids haven't had them, but I've had several. Sometimes a CT Scan is the best tool a doctor has to find out what's wrong.

I realize there is radiation involved, but it's really not that big a deal. People are exposed to radiation all the time. I wouldn't recommend getting CT Scans every day, but once in awhile really is ok.

Doctors do not go around ordering CT Scans just for the heck of it. They take this very seriously and only order them if it truly is in the patient's best interest. They have to. Insurance companies will not pay for them if they are not convinced the doctor is acting in the best interest's of the patient.

Please do not worry about one CT Scan. It's fine. Your child is fine. Relax.

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answers from Chicago on

My son had one at 6 weeks old. He is fine.

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answers from San Diego on

I am not sure what this post is asking.
I feel like I'm reading a post made by using random word choices on the iPhone's new "suggestion" bar.

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answers from Danville on

Three of my kiddos have had to have cat scans.

One is chronically ill, and has had them periodically to help us get 'clues' as to how she is doing...without doing more invasive procedures.

The other two had scans as a result of a car accident. It was a quick diagnostic tool to rule out (or IN) any emergent issues.

In ALL cases I think the benefits clearly outweighed the risks.

Hoping your little one is OK!

And to answer your question, all kiddos are OK! The 'chronic' one has challenges, but the scan was helpful for ALL of them!


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answers from Reading on

Do you mean a CT scan? Backwards reading am I like feel I.

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answers from San Francisco on

Yes, one of my kids had a CT scan. It's fine, you don't need to worry.

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answers from Dallas on

I would love to help you, but I have no idea what I just read. :(

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answers from Boston on

My son had one after a head injury. That was 7 years ago and he's completely fine. Usually the risk of the head injury and concussion is much greater than the risk of the radiation. Like dental X-rays, mammograms, airport/courthouse screening, and the like, it's a question of small doses in a small area of the body, and only as needed. Think about all the radiation they talk about from cell phones and that's why people shouldn't sleep with them next to their heads (for music or alarm clock functions). But we are surrounded by radiation all the time. I'm actually much more worried about things like chemical housecleaning solutions, GMO and high-preservative/additive foods, and partially hydrogenated oils since we're exposed to them on a regular basis unless we take steps not to be.

A CT scan should not be a routine screening procedure at all, but only as a diagnostic tool when specifically indicated. I once had a doctor who ran an EKG every time I was in there - for no reason. I think he did it to increase his billing and insurance reimbursement. I wrote a letter of complaint and left the practice. So if any test is run routinely for no specific indication, that's obviously a red flag, but a one time scan wouldn't concern me in the least.

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answers from Phoenix on

I had my first CT scan on my head when I was 8. I suffered from migraines from a very early age, but when I started having vision problems and dizzy spells, they began ordering CTs, EEGs, MRIs, etc. Never found any reasons and I still deal with migraines.
As far as any problems from early exposure to radiation from the scans, nothing. I've had 2 CTs of my head, an MRI on my head, 2 MRIs on my knees, an MRI on my ankle, and multiple chest x-rays, with no complications.

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answers from New York on

My daughter had one at 3 years old. No choice - she injured her neck and the x-ray couldn't see the angle needed.

I've had 7 (gasp). All completely necessary. I can recall asking the surgeon if I needed to have another (had 3 in a 2 week span and two in a 2 day span 1 year apart) and she said that she must see inside to determine my course of action. So be it. And I honestly don't even think about it.

Your little one will be fine.

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answers from Washington DC on

My daughter had febrile seizures when she was 15 months - 5 years old and she had a CT scan when she was 3. She did fine. She is 11 now and is completely fine. She had it done at Children's National Medical Center in DC, which put all of my fears at ease, there was no better place for her treatment.

Your child will be fine.

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answers from Detroit on

my son had a ct scan 18 months ago.

he fell off his bike split his chin open went to the ER and was acting strange and sleepy.. they had to know if he had hurt his brain.. so he went for a ct scan..

he is fine.. the ct scan showed nothing wrong.. my son is smart and doing fine in school..

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answers from Seattle on

My son had multiple CT scans when he was a newborn. Between 5-10. I don't remember the number, I was in and out of the hospital myself.
I am not sure what your question is.
I wasn't worried about his CT scan at all. He needed one. He got one.

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