Physicians urge limits on CT scan radiation exposure | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

Several articles in a recent issue of the New England Journal of Medicine call for increased regulation of the use of  x-ray computed tomography, or CT scans. The procedure can exposes patients to often unnecessary and/or concerning levels of radiation. The FDA regulates CT scanners but does not require physicians to use the machines in a particular way or limit the amount of radiation patients are exposed to.   A CT scan normally exposes a patient to 100 to 200 times the radiation from a standard chest x-ray. A 2007 study by Columbia University estimates that these CT scans may…

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