Nov 11, 2010 3:36 PM by Bea Karnes

FDA pushes for safer CT scans

The FDA is pushing for safer CT scans to protect patients from excess radiation.

The changes would include a safety feature alerting operators of a high radiation dose as well as extra training programs for those using the equipment.

After investigating cases of radiation overdoses, the FDA found scanners did not malfunction if they were used properly -- but believes the equipment could be made safer.

High doses of radiation can cause skin burns, cataracts, or even death. The f-d-a says patients should not have to worry about these devices exposing them to unnecessary risks.


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