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Dear Agent for a Day:
A young girl falls and undergoes a CAT scan. Physicians find a small spine fracture, but that is the least of her worries. She’s just been exposed to radiation 100 times more powerful than a chest x-ray and by the time she’s 50, she will undergo many more CAT scans and nuclear medicine tests, thus dramatically increasing her chances of developing cancer at an early age.
As a medical editor for the last 12 years, I have written extensively about the risk of cancer from imaging tests and I have talked with physician and industry experts. While experts debate the extent of risk, the public is largely ignorant of any such risk. I propose to write a simple, comprehensive book that lays out the problem, the raging debates and the solutions.
The New York Times and other mainstream newspapers have written about this problem, but no one has compiled a simple-to-understand book. The book I propose—“The CAT (scan) is Out of the Bag”—will allow people—especially parents of young children—to take action now to prevent the harmful effects of radioactive medical imaging.
I know physicians who were unaware of these dangers. The FDA wants people to carry a “radiation exposure” card. Manufacturers have dose-reduction techniques, but these are largely ignored by imagers. What is the public doing about this? Nothing, because people simply aren’t aware of the problem!
Doctors order more than 62 million CAT, or CT, scans a year, and 20 million nuclear medicine tests. Children and young adults get radioactive scans for many complaints when other nonionizing tests will suffice. The public should know how to protect itself.
I can send you a proposal that details each chapter, along with the experts to be included in the book. I can have a finished book 5 months from go-ahead. Thanks for your time; I look forward to hearing from you.
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