PET/CT case study: lymphoma in 16-year old

This case perfectly represents why the world standard for lymphoma is PET/CT. Patients who develop lymphoma this young have a great chance of surviving their cancer, but because they live in Ontario, THEY MUST be followed with CT and not PET/CT. They survive their cancers but are at high risk of getting a second cancer not from their cancer therapy, BUT because of an obscene overexposure to all but useless radiation from the CT exams. My patient has had 30 and counting CT exams, the equivalent of some 300 years of background radiation exposure. The only time decisions were made was when he was allowed three PET/CT exams.