Radiation Exposure and Risk Associated with CT Examinations

Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)


Medical imaging procedures using ionizing radiation always pose some risk of adverse health effects to the persons examined–in particular radiation-induced cancer. It is thus necessary to carefully balance the benefits and risks of these examinations. This particularly applies to CT examinations being a major source of patient and man-made population exposure. This chapter briefly reviews the evidence on health effects induced by ionizing radiation, presents the essential concepts to estimate radiation doses and risks related to CT examinations, identifies technology-specific factors influencing patient exposure and, finally, outlines application-specific measures to reduce radiation risks to patients undergoing CT procedures.


Organ Dose Radiation Risk Atomic Bomb Survivor Life Span Study Diagnostic Reference Level 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medical and Occupational Radiation ProtectionFederal Office for Radiation ProtectionNeuherbergGermany

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