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How doctors diagnose radiation exposure

Posted on June 18, 2015 4:58 pm under Medical Malpractice

Some experts believe medical procedures that use low dose radiation, such as in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computerized tomography (CT) scan, cannot cause radiation sickness. For medical procedures that use higher amounts of radiation, however, the risk of radiation sickness could be high.

To diagnose radiation illness, doctors first have to check for its signs and symptoms. They may also conduct a series of blood test to look for bone marrow damage, increased white blood cell count, and abnormal changes in the DNA – all of which may indicate radiation exposure. Devices to detect the presence and location of radioactive emissions in the body, such as the Geiger counter, are also used for a diagnosis of radiation illness.

The risk of radiation sickness is higher when medical professionals are not careful to ensure that only a safe amount radiation is absorbed by the body. To learn more about taking legal action after being hurt in a medical procedure performed by negligent staff, consult with a lawyer at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®. Call our Appleton office at (414) 271-0900 and tell us your story.