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Alarm about computed tomography scans is unjustified

Richard M Mendelson, Richard A Fox and Nicholas H de Klerk
Med J Aust 2010; 193 (4): 246.
Published online: 16 August 2010

To the Editor: Blecher correctly asserts that alarm is not the appropriate reaction to the potential dangers of computed tomography (CT) scans.1 Such alarm risks discouraging patients from having the CT scans they need. Appropriate CT scans are good; inappropriate ones are bad.

  • Richard M Mendelson1,2
  • Richard A Fox2
  • Nicholas H de Klerk3,2

  • 1 Royal Perth Hospital, Perth, WA.
  • 2 University of Western Australia, Perth, WA.
  • 3 Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, Perth, WA.


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