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As CT scans become more common for children, concerns about radiation grow
Washington Post

Isabel Doran is only 4 years old, but she’s already had about 15 CT scans — and every one comes with a dose of radiation.

“I think there’s always that part of you that thinks it’s too much,” said her mother, Veronica Doran of Burke. Doran is glad the scans have allowed doctors at Children’s National Medical Center to monitor Isabel’s progress while they treat her for a kidney cancer called Wilms’ tumor. But she’s worried about the long-term effects of the scans, which could put Isabel at risk for another cancer down the road.