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Radiation Therapy - deciphering common Radiation Therapy terms

Posted by Carmel Shields

The world of cancer care is often surrounded by terms and
acronyms unfamiliar to most of us. In this blog we offer a glossary of common terms related to radiation therapy:
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Tags: cancer, radiation, non ionizing radiation, radiation treatment, radiation therapy, APBI, lumpectomy, DCIS, electronic brachytherapy

CT / CAT Scan - minimize radiation exposure

Posted by Siobhan Quinn

Q: Will I be exposed to radiation when I have a CT scan?
A:
Yes.

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Tags: MRI, CAT, cancer, safety, Ct, computed tomography, radiation, non ionizing radiation

Will I be exposed to radiation if I have an MRI?

Posted by Tiron Pachet

No.  You will not receive any ionizing radiation. In non-technical terms, ionizing radiation means radiation that is capable of altering chemical compounds. – In this case the chemicals that make up your body or DNA.  Mostly we’re worried about radiation that could potentially alter our DNA  If radiation cannot change DNA then there is no accepted scientific evidence that it can cause cancer.  During a clinical MRI examination you will not receive radiation that is capable of damaging or altering the chemical structure of your DNA.

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Tags: MRI, cancer, safety, Ct, radiation, never events, non ionizing radiation