06/15/2010 // US // TiffNews10 // News Desk
US – A new study suggests medical scans are a prominent source of radiation exposure for Americans. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), researchers found that Americans are more exposed to medical radiation than people in other countries, with the U.S. accounting for fifty percent of the most highly developed procedures that involve the use of radiation. Radiation exposure is linked to increased cancer risks.
Sean Boyd, chief of the FDA’s diagnostic devices branch, is quoted by the AP as stating of the push for standard doses for imaging tests, “We are considering requirements and guidelines for record-keeping of dose and other technical parameters of the imaging exam.” The development of a measure to keep track of medical radiation doses throughout one’s lifetime is also reportedly being considered.
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