This is the additional cost in money and radiation exposure of Dr. Patel’s care as compared to Dr. Silva’s Care. There is no benefit for the patient. The hospital brings in revenue. Who are we working for? Are we harming patients to benefit ourselves?
The average annual amount of radiation exposure a person receives in 1 year from environmental sources is 320. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission limits occupational radiation exposure to adults working with radioactive material to 5,000 mrem per year. Mary received close to the annual limit in a couple of hours. The Archives of Internal Medicine concluded that 29,000 new cancers would result from CT scans performed in 2007 alone. The majority of those cancers (14,000), not surprisingly, would result from scans of the abdomen and pelvis. Another 4,100 would come from chest scans; 4,000 from head scans; and 2,700 from CT angiograms. The most vulnerable populations include younger adults and women.