Why do they use cancer-causing X-rays to check for cancer?

@nanajanet (4436)
United States
February 14, 2009 11:26am CST
I never really understood why X-rays, which can cause cancer, are used to look for cancer? It makes no sense to me, nor to many doctors, either. They have a new imaging system that contains no radiation yet they are not covered by medical insurance. I wish they would come into the 31st century! http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/11/26/why-mammography-is-not-an-effective-breast-cancer-screen.aspx
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@peavey (16906)
• United States
16 Feb 09
I'd like to think the reason is the cost, but mainstream medicine is archaic in more ways than X-rays. They just get stuck in a rut and can't seem to climb out. Of course, part of it could government regulations. Everything comes wrapped in red tape.
@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
16 Feb 09
Yeah, red tape attached to the pockets of many of the companies who make money from them.
@peavey (16906)
• United States
16 Feb 09
Good point. :)
@LadyMarissa (12160)
• United States
14 Feb 09
I'd just be happy if they made it into the 21st century!!!
@LadyMarissa (12160)
• United States
14 Feb 09
I think you know how little I trust most doctors!!! No money...NO treatment
@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
15 Feb 09
Yeah, me too, of course it would help if I proof read my stuff first!! LOL Presidents have tried to make it that no one goes without medical care in this country but it keeps getting shot down. I hope that Obama is successful in what he proposes.
@soulist (2986)
• United States
16 Feb 09
Acutally the effects of the x-rays are like a 1 in 100 chance of causing cancer. I asked that same question when I needed radiation to help cure my cancer. The detection and cure is more important and more likely than the risks. The risks are more long term and could possibly never happen. Where as cancer is important now. Sometimes the imaging systems can't see as far deep as x-rays can and they can also tell when something is active or not.
@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
16 Feb 09
Actually, from what I have read on this new imaging system, that is is more accurate than an x-ray, that is where my concern lies.