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Discovering the causes of cancer and the means of prevention

Medical Radiation and Cancer Risk: Assessing the Price of Progress - Amy Berrington de González, D. Phil.

NIH Director's Seminar - January 2013

Dr. Amy Berrington de González and colleagues in the Radiation Epidemiology Branch conducted the first study to directly assess the cancer risks after CT scans in a historical cohort study of 200,000 children in the U.K. She discusses the first results from this study and also presents risk projections for the number of future cancers in the U.S. that may be related to diagnostic imaging in children and adults if use continues at current levels. Dr. Berrington de González also describes work that she has conducted that assesses the balance of the potential benefits against the radiation-related cancer risks for these emerging technologies.