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Only about a third of patients surveyed at one U.S. medical center said their doctors told them about the possible risks of a CT scan, such as radiation exposure, a new study finds.

"I think that sounds pretty consistent of what my experience would be as a patient, physician and with family members," said Dr. Howard Forman, professor of diagnostic radiology and public health at the Yale School of Public Health in New Haven, Connecticut, who was not involved with the new study.

Only 17 percent of the patients said they were involved in the decision-making process and discussed risks and benefits with their doctors.

But even when doctors were discussing the potential risks, their patients ended up being no more informed than people who didn’t talk with their healthcare providers.

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