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ECRI Institute(R) Issues Expanded Recommendations for Controlling CT Radiation Dose: Computed Tomography Dose is on the Institute's 2010 List of Top 10 Technology Hazards
Date:4/28/2010

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., April 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The benefits of computed tomography (CT) have increased greatly over the past decade. Now twice as powerful, it offers dynamic images of anatomy, including the beating heart. Future advancements promise to deliver even more clinical benefits. However, CT has always had a downside: it can deliver high radiation doses to patients, putting them at increased risk of developing cancer.

Keeping CT radiation dose in check is a top safety concern for hospitals, and one of the most complex problems to solve.  While high levels of radiation may put patients at risk, too little will diminish image quality—possibly resulting in misdiagnosis or the need for patients to be rescanned and exposed to even more radiation.

Practical recommendations for striking the delicate balance between too much and not enough radiation are presented in a new guidance article, "CT Radiation Dose: Understanding and Controlling the Risks©," released by ECRI Institute (www.ecri.org), an independent, nonprofit organization that researches the best approaches to patient care. This comprehensive Health Devices© article expands on the recommendations about controlling CT radiation dose published in ECRI Institute's 2010 Top 10 Technology Hazards list.

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