CT radiation dose: current controversies and dose reduction strategies

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2013 Dec;201(6):1283-90. doi: 10.2214/AJR.12.9720.


Objective: The purpose of this article is to use clinical scenarios to explore aspects of ionizing radiation imparted to patients undergoing CT examinations. Examination appropriateness, effective doses, cancer risks, and pertinent dose reduction strategies are reviewed.

Conclusion: CT accounts for the majority of radiation exposure related to medical imaging. Medical professionals should have a working knowledge of the benefits and risks of medical radiation and an understanding of strategies for reducing CT radiation dose.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Body Burden
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms, Radiation-Induced / etiology*
  • Neoplasms, Radiation-Induced / prevention & control*
  • Radiation Dosage*
  • Radiation Protection / methods*
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Factors
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*