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Was This Cat Scan Overkill?

I started having an inner ear infection a week ago after I had a cold and I had a bad case of vertigo/dizzy nausea. Then I had a few more attacks for a couple of days and on the weekend I had a pretty bad one at night time and went to the ER. I explained that something was wrong with my inner ear and that I had some ringing and my doctor said I had an inner ear infection. They put me on an IV and drew blood and gave me a CAT scan and they both came back normal. I didn’t argue because I thought it was safe and I was sick.
But all I think I needed was a some anti-nausea medicine to get me through the attack.
Then I read a few days later that CAT scan uses more raidation than a normal x-ray and its like 150x as much, can give you cancer and an MRI would do the job with NO radiation!
I think this CAT scan was a totally stupid idea and they should have done a safe MRI on me and this was overkill for my symptoms. What was this doctor thinking!?!?
The symptoms are almost gone now

Posted on February 28, 2010 at 5:50 pm by radiology · Permalink
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  1. Written by Science Geek
    on February 28, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    CT scans and MRI’s produce different images and are useful for different tissues. Also, MRI’s cost A LOT of money and a CT is CHEAP. Plus, the level of radiation isn’t dangerous unless you get a scan every few weeks for many years.
    In an emergency situation, which for all the doctors knew this very well could have been (and I’m sure if it was and they didn’t do the CT scan, you’d have sued the pants off of them), NO DOCTOR IN HIS RIGHT MIND WOULD ORDER A LONG, EXPENSIVE MRI. The CT scan takes a few minutes and gives an incredibly clear picture of whatever tissue you’re looking at.
    Next time you want to criticize the choices of doctors, do some research.

  2. Written by Reggie16
    on February 28, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    You wouldnt be saying this if it found a brain hemorrhage or a tumor. That is what the doctor was checking for. Dizziness that brings you to the ER is very serious.
    You are lucky. And an MRI is not an appropriate scan for your differential.

  3. Written by yooooooo
    on February 28, 2010 at 7:25 pm


  4. Written by E
    on February 28, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    well even though an mri doesnt use radiation or as much radiation as a cat scan an mri is much more invasive, you have to lie there perfectly still for an hour and not move for an mri, a cat scan is easier to use and cat scans sometime show things better then an mri and vice versa, they order the test they believe is the best to help diagnose your condition….. with your symptoms they were looking for brain problems, injuries or maybe even tumors, also cat scans are cheaper then mri’s and the doctors have to order the cheper tests first…… i have been in and out of hospitals all my life i have had over 10 cat scans and 1 mri and tons and tons of x-rays… dont worry too much about gettting cancer off of one test or even a few tests, the chances of that happeneing is quite rare, hope this helps