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FDA Seeks Reduction in Radiation From Medical Scans
Date:2/9/2010

sure. The agency's plan is to develop a medical imaging history card for patients to keep track of their radiation exposure.

The data would also be available on the FDA's Web site so patients could monitor their radiation exposure and share it with their doctors. This could be particularly important for patients whose radiation exposure is not included in their medical records, the agency said.

According to the Associated Press, Tuesday's announcement comes five months after the FDA began investigating reports of problems with CT scans at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. More than 250 patients were exposed to excess radiation, with many reporting losing hair and skin redness. The FDA has also begun investigating similar problems at two other California hospitals.

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For more on radiation risks from CT scans, visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.



SOURCES: Feb. 9, 2010, news release, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Associated Press


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