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A CT-Scan 1000 Times more dangerous than a day in Fukushima

The earthquake and resultant Tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, 2011, have almost crippled the Fukushima Nuclear power plant. Radiation leaks from its reactors have not only brought terrible memories of Hiroshima and Nagasaki but have also raised fresh questions in India about the wisdom of using nuclear energy to generate power. Even though the situation appears to getting under control, fears continue to be stoked.

Ketan Panchal, a Twitter friend who is training to become a nuclear medicine physician , is concerned about the misinformation being disseminated and the panic being spread about the dangers posed by radiation leaks at Fukushima.

A single chest CT-scan, he says, gives one a radiation dose that is more than 1000 times what a full day spent in Fukushima town will. Should put many of us at rest and take the wind out of irrational opponents of nuclear power who are painting doomsday scenarios.

6 comments:

Alka Gurha said...

Wow...I never knew that. Thanks for sharing.

Happy Kitten said...

So what about all those who took a CT-scan? Is this one reason why the incident of cancer is increasing?

BK Chowla, said...

I know I have got CT-scan done twice. Now, what about me?

Sunny Khetarpal said...

hmmmm....then share with this world.. on http://www.twitterons.com ;)

Peter said...

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Kevin said...

it is nice on ct scan. The MRI scanner is like a tunnel about 1.5 meters long surrounded by a large circular magnet. You lie on a couch which then slides into the scanner.

http://mriscan.blogspot.com

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