"Marketing of medical screening scans misleading: report"

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"Marketing of medical screening scans misleading: report"


 ... The report, called What's in a Scan, by the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives looks at how well consumers are informed about the risks and benefits of tests such as CT and PET scans, including misconceptions about how the technologies are regulated ...

Screening healthy people not only exposes them to radiation, but can also create a flood of false positive findings or cancer scares that lead to unnecessary medical tests that clog the public health care system, the researchers said.

The authors concluded that medical imaging procedures are being marketed and sold to Canadians as effective in screening healthy people for early detection of diseases, even though the screening is expensive, costing between $100 and $2,500, potentially harmful, and not supported by scientific literature or recommended by professional bodies and regulators ...