Everything carries a risk. Evidence based health procedures are ideally recommended only if the risk of having the procedure done (which includes scans) is less risky than not having it done. This article introduces the “micromort” – a one-in-a-million chance of death – as a unit of risk to help with comparisons between risky events and provides some surprising statistics, such as the risk of being killed in Australia by a shark is about the same as that by our national icon, the kangaroo, or commuting to work!
Hassan Vally, Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology, La Trobe University shows how this measure serves as a useful way to override our inherent predilection for irrationality in the perception of risk: theconversation.com/whats-m...
Photo: Rare white kangaroos