Modern doctors are not doctors but Technology-crazy enthusiasts. Most of them hardly use their own diagnostic senses. They have hardly developed these skills. And so they rely on technology for even non-death-threat situations.

“An objective survey of medicine’s failures reveals that it is not that the technology as such is ineffective – it does what it is designed to do (with side effect like this paper discusses) – but that what technology solves is trivial, and what is just cannot touch is crucial, being beyond any technique – extant, evolving, or envisaged. Most of human dis-easing and death is trans-technique. Beyond technology.

Most of the tools a doctor used twenty-five years ago fitted into a small black bag; today the technologically- armed physician owns or has access to $250,000 worth of equipment: whenever one tries to link the development of new technology with a coincidental improvement in healing, the answer is always the same: Nil.”

Then why further disturb body, damage cells and DNA? sometimes these tests plant seeds of new sicknesses. Silent and pervasively. Without our notice.

I wish doctors become more and more sensitive, intuitive and beyond technology usage. Do not make SCANs as routine tests. Prescribe them ONLY WHEN CRITICALLY NEEDED.


DNA damage seen in patients undergoing CT scanning

Along with the burgeoning use of advanced medical imaging tests over the past decade have come rising public health concerns about possible links between low-dose radiation and cancer.

“We now know that even exposure to small amounts of radiation from computed tomagraphy scanning is associated with cellular damage,” said Patricia Nguyen, MD, one of the lead authors of the study and an assistant professor of cardiovascular medicine at Stanford. “Whether or not this causes cancer or any negative effect to the patient is still not clear, but these results should encourage physicians toward adhering to dose-reduction strategies.”

The study was published online July 22 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular ImagingWon Hee Lee, PhD, and Yong Fuga Li, PhD, both postdoctoral scholars, are the study’s other lead authors.

“The use of medical imaging for heart disease has exploded in the past decade,” said Joseph Wu, MD, senior author of the study. Wu, a professor of medicine and of radiology, is director of the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute. “These tests expose patients to a nontrivial amount of low-dose radiation. But nobody really knows exactly what this low-dose radiation does to the patient. We now have the technology that allows us to look at very subtle, cell-level changes.”