CT Scans for Blood Clots Can Leave Deadly Side Effects

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Over the past 13 years, huge numbers of people have likely been treated for a blood clot in the lungs (known as a pulmonary embolism, or PE) that didn’t need treatment at all. As a result some have suffered serious and potentially deadly side effects from blood thinning drugs, in addition to being exposed to unnecessary, cancer-linked radiation.

The result is over diagnosing and over treatment of PEs, thanks to the mainstream medical establishment’s rapid, enthusiastic acceptance and massive usage of high tech computed tomography (CT) pulmonary angiography (CTPA) — without evidence that every clot it revealed was a killer, or even anything worth treating.

Here’s the background: CT scans use a contrast dye and x-rays to produce cross-sectional imagesĀ  Continue reading