I've had two sinus surgeries since December 2011 which have required a total of 4 sinus CT scans (without contrast) so far. I'm still having problems, and will probably need a fifth CT scan within the next few weeks. Should I be concerned about the number of these scans? Are there any alternative diagnostics that could be done in place of CT scans? Also, I've recently read that Ambien increases the risk of cancer by up to 30%. I've been taking Ambien almost daily for 2.5 years due to chronic pain issues. Do you think this increases any risks associated with the CT scans?
I am not familiar w/ Ambien and cancer risk, and this should be discussed w/ your doctor. Re: sinus CT and cancer, CT scans use radiation, and radiation is known to increase cancer risk, but as with all things one must way the risk/benefit ratio. If you are concered about this, discuss with the doctor ordering the scans.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. MedHelp is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.