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September 13, 2010

California Law Could Protect Patients from Medical Radiation

A proposed bill in California, US, could protect patients from dangerous levels of radiation from imaging devices such as CT scanners. The bill, which is awaiting the governor's signature, will require hospitals and other facilities to record the amount of radiation given during a CT sca

By cms admin

A proposed bill in California, US, could protect patients from dangerous levels of radiation from imaging devices such as CT scanners.

The bill, which is awaiting the governor’s signature, will require hospitals and other facilities to record the amount of radiation given during a CT scan.

This information would be included in the patient’s file as well as the scan report.

Any overdose of radiation, 50% or more than the normal dose, would have to be reported to the health department.

The bill also requires the CT technicians to go through an accreditation process.

The US Food and Drug Administration expressed its concern about this danger in Autumn 2009, after Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Southern California admitted to mistakenly overdosing 200 patients during CT scans.

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