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AIIMS director warns repeated CT scan can cause cancer

The AIIMS director advised people not to rush for a CT scan if they had mild symptoms of Covid-19 since there were side effects to it

AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria in a presser on 3 May advised people not to rush for CT scan (computer tomography scan) if they are having mild symptoms of Covid-19, as there were side effects to it and risk of cancer.

In view of the pandemic situation, people even with mild symptoms are rushing to get CT scan again and again, However, according to the AIIMS director, there is no advantage.

Educating people about the same, the AIIMS director said, “CT scan and biomarkers are being misused. There is no advantage in doing a CT scan if you have mild symptoms. One CT scan is equivalent to 300 chest x-rays, it’s very harmful.”

He said people with mild infections should not opt for blood tests.

Dr Guleria warned also against the use of steroids in the early stages of infection.  

“We have issued clinical guidelines for the management of Covid-19. It clarifies that those with mild illness do not need medicine. Early-stage steroids can cause more harm than advantage. Steroids only help with moderate illness,” he said.

Dr Guleria said oxygen therapy, steroids and anticoagulants can be used to treat moderate patients. He said that Remdesivir, Tocilizumab and plasma therapy were only emergency measures.

A tsunami of coronavirus cases has hit India amid the rapid second wave of infections. The massive caseload has caused shortages of medical oxygen, hospital beds and essential medicines.

Meanwhile, speaking on oxygen availability in the country, Union Health Ministry, Joint Secretary, Lav Agarwal, said, “We’re planning to use gaseous oxygen for medical purposes. Industrial units that make oxygen which is suitable for medical purpose and are near cities, we’re planning to make temporary Covid-19 care centres with oxygen-connected beds around them.”

“We’re seeing a positive approach in recoveries too. On 2 May, the recovery rate was at 78% & on 3 May it climbed up to almost 82%. These are early gains on which we have to work on regularly,” Lav Agarwal said.

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