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Cancer risk from CT scans of the head/neck?
I've been having really alarming neurological problems for many years and avoided doctors for most of those years out of fear of having a brain tumor confirmed. When I finally went, both my internist and neurologist ordered MRIs as I suspected they would. The thing is I can't do an MRI. I just can't. When I went to get the one my internist ordered, I saw the machine, had a full blown panic attack, and left. When the neurologist's office called to schedule the MRI my neuro ordered, I straight up told them, "Don't waste your time. I'm not going to have the scan done."

I started researching CT scans as an alternative since they're over a lot quicker than an MRI. I was all ready to ask my neuro if I could get a CT scan instead of an MRI when I came across a bunch of literature about people developing cancer from CT scans. Does anyone know just how significant the risks are?  Thanks. :)
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1711789 tn?1361311607
Hi there!

MRIs are rated better in detecting neurological lesions than CTs, though a CT may be a less preferred available option. You could consider MRI under anesthesia or open MRI machines as an alternative. I would suggest discussing the possibility with your treating doctor.
Hope this helps.

Take care!
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