Long time con­cern of ion­iz­ing ra­di­a­tion

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

While I am not a big fan of Dr. W. Gif­ford Jones, a.k.a. Ken Walker, liken­ing him to Dr. Mehmet Oz, there was one inac­cu­racy in the re­cent ar­ti­cle in the Guardian at­tack­ing him for his stand on den­tal X-rays. I worked with Dr. Walker at Toronto Western Hos­pi­tal where he prac­ticed as a spe­cial­ist in ob­stet­rics and gyne­col­ogy and had a good rep­u­ta­tion. I have long been con­cerned about the life­time risk of un­nec­es­sary ex­po­sure to ion­iz­ing ra­di­a­tion, in­clud­ing den­tal x-rays, and strongly rec­om­mend that peo­ple ques­tion the ab­so­lute ne­ces­sity of ev­ery imag­ing pro­ce­dure in­volv­ing ion­iz­ing ra­di­a­tion [x-rays, nu­clear scans, CT scans] ev­ery time such is rec­om­mended by a doc­tor, nurse prac­ti­tioner or den­tist. You need to know that ex­po­sure to ion­iz­ing ra­di­a­tion is cu­mu­la­tive over your life­time and in­creases your risk of de­vel­op­ing can­cer. Be wise, min­i­mize. Des Colohan, MD, Char­lot­te­town

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