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Radiologists Discuss Ways To Reduce Patient Exposure, Cancer Risk

USA Today: "Doctors are exploring ways to reduce the amount of radiation exposure from medical imaging tests in light of renewed concerns about the cancer risk, according to research presented at a radiology conference this week. Medical radiation from exams such as CTs, or computed tomography, causes 29,000 new cancers a year, a report in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed in December. … The Food and Drug Administration is considering safeguards for CT scanners and other imaging machines."

One radiologist suggested that "patients would be even better off if the USA had more comprehensive, uniform standards aimed at reducing radiation" (Szabo, 5/5). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.