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Recently raised issues of radiation risks to patients

15 January 2019   (0 Comments)
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In recent months, several media reports have focussed on radiation risks to patients undergoing CT and radiation treatment and have reported cases of over-exposures both in CT and radiotherapy.

Professional societies (AAPM, IOMP, ASTRO) and regulatory bodies (such as FDA) have shown concern. The FDA is launching a new initiative requiring all high-grade medical imaging machines "to include safety controls that prevent patients from receiving excessive radiation doses" and will urge manufacturers to "install safeguards on their machines that automatically notify operators if they are using a higher-than-recommended dose."

The IAEA has a number of actions that contribute to achieving higher levels of safety and reducing the probability of radiation events.

Link to full article at RPOP


 

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