What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of CT Scans?

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CT scans are highly accurate and play important roles in helping doctors make appropriate diagnoses, but they also emit radiation, which may pose health risks. CT scans produce clear, high-quality images in real time and allow physicians to make accurate diagnoses, sometimes eliminating the need for exploratory surgery and biopsies. However, the radiation they emit may be harmful, particularly to women and fetuses.

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