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Higher radiation dose needed to X-ray obese patients increases cancer risk


Last updated 12/27/2018 at 9:12pm

EXETER, England – Extremely obese people are needing a far higher dose of radiation during X-ray examinations than people of normal weight, increasing their risk of cancer, new research has shown.

The University of Exeter and Musgrove Park Hospital, in Taunton, Massachusetts, led the study of more than 600 patients who had undergone surgery for weight loss.

The researchers found 630 patients with an available history of radiation dose in X-rays carried out between 2007 and 2015. The patients in the study had a body mass index of up to 50, indicating they were severely obese and nearly tw...

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