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CT Scans 'May Damage Infant Brains'

Doctors have been urged not to use powerful CT scans to assess possible brain injuries in young infants as researchers in Sweden say they have uncovered evidence that the scans may damage toddlers' brains. Many infants who had received scans before they were 18 months old developed learning problems later in life. The researchers suggested new guidelines are needed to ensure doctors do not use CT scans on young infants. I warned of the dangers of CT scans almost three years ago. Along with the risk of potential brain damage there is also the risk of radiation-induced cancer. It seems much wiser to avoid CT scans unless your or your child's life depends upon it.

BBC News January 2, 2004

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