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A revised estimate of the risk of carcinogenesis from x-rays to scoliosis patients.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Investigative Radiology
0020-9996
Publisher
Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer) - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Publication Date
Volume
19
Issue
1
Pages
58–60
Identifiers
PMID: 6706520
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

A considerable amount of concern has been felt recently for the risk of carcinogenesis from x-rays to scoliosis patients. This paper re-evaluates risk in quantitative terms by using some data measured by us and other data recently published in the literature. The risks are considerably smaller than had been estimated earlier. Compared with the natural incidence of cancer in the general population, the cumulative additional risk for scoliosis patients varies from 0.2% for breast carcinoma to 5% for leukemia.

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