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Date:7/15/2010

can was 2.6 times riskier for women than men -- while a pelvic scan was 11 percent safer.

The age of a person had the biggest effect. Compared to an 80-year-old, the risk levels for a 20-year-old were five times higher in men and six times higher in women.

The presentation " How Well Do Effective Doses Predict Carcinogenic Risks in Body CT?" by W He and W Huda will be at 5:10 p.m. on Monday, July 19, 2010 in Room 204B of the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

ABSTRACT: http://www.aapm.org/meetings/amos2/pdf/49-12725-73639-142.pdf


5) IAEA "SMART CARD" EFFORT TO CREATE RADIATION PASSPORTS

PHILADELPHIA, PA (July 22, 2010) -- Patients going from one radiology facility or one doctor to another, or indeed moving from one country to another, can leave a confusing trail of documentation about radiation exposure in radiological examinations. M. Rehani, who works at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria, will report today at the 52nd meeting of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) on efforts to develop an international system for tracking patient exposures. The idea was first broached in 2001 but became an active program only around 2008.

Called a Smart Card/SmartRadTrack, the system ultimately may be something like an ATM card. It does not contain money on it but allows one to use the card to access money and account details. For the patient, radiation exposure history is sufficient whereas for health authorities radiation dose information is needed. Aggregate data obtained through the eHealth system would enable countries to establish radiation and exposure standards and help in future epidemiological studies. This would require manufacturers to develop equipment and software for tracking procedures and doses.

The presentation " IAEA Smart Card Initiative for Patient Exposure"
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