Opinion Paper

The fallacy of comparing diagnostic radiation with background radiation; and the need to learn from past mistakes

D J Emby
South African Journal of Radiology | Vol 14, No 3 | a475 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajr.v14i3.475 | © 2010 D J Emby | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 24 February 2010 | Published: 30 August 2010

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D J Emby, Anglogold Ashanti, South Africa

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The subject of radiation exposure for diagnostic purposes is currently a ‘hot’ topic, and it is appropriate that the debate around this issue is given exposure in the pages of the SAJR. I would like to comment on a few of the points raised by Dr Tipler in his article that appeared in the June 2010 SAJR.


Radiation dose; CT scanning; background radiation; radiation as a cause of cancer


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