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To Your Health?

Controversy surrounds whole-body scans–a costly screen for silent threats

6:06pm, September 14, 2003

You've probably heard a radio ad or driven past a billboard hawking the service. The pitch usually goes something like this: "Sure, you look and feel healthy. But each year, countless people succumb to the silent killers: cancer and heart disease. That's where computed axial tomography scanning can make a difference. A 90-second CT exam at our screening center could reveal lurking disease–before it's too late for your doctor to do something about it. CT screening: It might just save your life."

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