[ RadSafe ] CT Screening Detected Radiologist's Kidney Cancer Early

John Jacobus crispy_bird at yahoo.com
Wed Nov 9 10:53:01 CST 2005

Dr. Looney,
I guess I am supposed to be impressed.  This is an
interesting ancedotal tale, but I am not sure of the
relevancy to the issue of self-referral CT scanning. I
am sure what the issue of dirty bombs. 

If she had had the scan in 2002, do you think you
would have been able to detect the tumor?  If she had
the scan and it showed no tumor, what you say when she
was then diagnosed the next year?  Oops?  You said
that it "probably had not yet spread when the scan was
scheduled/cancelled the previous year."  What is the
probalility that the original mass was even detectable
in 2002?  What is the ratio of overt, active diseases
that were discovered vs. the number of self-referral
CT scans performed?  

Thank you for sending your personal opinions.  It is
apparently the you are at odds with the professional
societies on the benefits of self-referral CT scans.

--- "DR. GERALD LOONEY" <docger at hotmail.com> wrote:


John, the "party-line" is the outmoded LNT hypothesis,
which is still followed by most of your colleagues and
professional organizations:  they do great harm while
following the LNT and        promulgating paranoia,
yet proclaiming fealty to PRIMUM NON NOCERE.  Nancy
had no clearcut medical reason when the original
full-body scan was scheduled in 2002, but she had
clear symptomatology the next summer with bladder
obstruction and hematuria.  On regional CT and
discovery, it was hoped the tumor was still enclosed
within the bladder capsule, but at cystectomy, a
couple of nodes were positive indicating that it had
just started to spread (and probably had not yet
spread when the scan was scheduled/cancelled the
previous year).  AFIO is Assoc of Former Intelligence
Officers, including a large number of nuclear weapons
designers and physicists who strongly believe what
they were taught: the LNT!  My renal cell carcinoma
was totally asymptomatic but fully enclosed and fully
removed, which would NOT have been possible if I had
waited for symptoms.  I now believe that the LNT is
the greatest scientific mistake of the previous
century, and leaves a horrible legacy for our children
and grandchildren.  A dirty bomb will produce
negligible (but measureable) levels of radiation and
close down American cities unnecessarily for decades. 
To me, it is dishonest and distorted to compare
full-body scans to being in Hiroshima, and yet the ACR
tolerates this deceit.  I personally believe that the
medical profession is fully in favor of progress, but
change is out of the question!  Gerry

. . .

On Oct. 5, 1947, in the first televised White House address, President Truman asked Americans to refrain from eating meat on Tuesdays and poultry on Thursdays to help stockpile grain for starving people in Europe. 

-- John
John Jacobus, MS
Certified Health Physicist
e-mail:  crispy_bird at yahoo.com

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