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Cancer risk in 680 000 people exposed to computed tomography scans in childhood or adolescence: data linkage study of 11 million Australians

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f2360 (Published 21 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2360

Re: Cancer risk in 680 000 people exposed to computed tomography scans in childhood or adolescence: data linkage study of 11 million Australians

Dear Editors,

In Greece, CT scanners, CT exams, and relative radiation exposures appear in massive numbers. [1][2][3]

Up to 40% of patients admitted in public hospitals every year will be sent for CT scans!

32% of the whole Greek population receives a CT scan every year! [1][3]

Corruption, favourable NHS reimbursements, together with medical incompetence, are the reasons for this Radiation Exposure World Record.

Researchers interested in CT scan radiation exposure hazards should come in Greece in order to study the Greek population.

References
[1] http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/sites/health_glance-2011-en/04/02/index.htm...

[2] http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/docserver/download/8110161ec033.pdf?expires...

[3] http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/sites/9789264183896-en/03/04/index.html;jse...

Competing interests: Dr Stavros Saripanidis is a diligent Greek taxpayer who has apparently funded thousands of useless and hazardous CT scans in public hospitals.
27 May 2013
Stavros Saripanidis
Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Private Surgery
Thessaloniki, Greece
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