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DEP Urges Medical Facilities to Take Proper Precautions With X-Ray Equipment to Avoid Health Hazards
Date:3/3/2010

(CT) and radiation therapy procedures. Hanger said these incidents underscore the importance of medical professionals verifying proper patient referral and radiation protection protocols throughout all phases of medical treatment.  

"The use of X-ray diagnostic and therapeutic equipment has brought about dramatic improvements in medical care, but these procedures are not without risk and can harm patients if done improperly," Hanger said. "We are recommending all facilities that are authorized to use this equipment review their procedures and be certain that radiation-producing equipment is operated by properly trained and qualified staff and that they follow all safety protocols."

A 2009 report by the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements revealed that the U.S. population's average exposure to ionizing radiation from medical procedures grew more than 600 percent between the mid-1980s and 2006.  This is primarily a result of significant increases in the use of sophisticated new high-dose X-ray technologies such as CT, fluoroscopic cardiovascular or other interventional medical procedures.

DEP's Bureau of Radiation Protection this week issued an information notice to approximately 750 medical facilities that perform CT, fluoroscopic and/or medical accelerator procedures with the following recommendations:


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