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ECRI Institute Service to Address CT Radiation Dose Safety
Date:11/8/2010

orking with its staff to establish a practical solution based on that specific facility's operations," says Rohit Inamdar, Senior Associate and Medical Physicist, ECRI Institute. "We want hospitals and the physicians who conduct CT procedures to be confident that they are protecting patients from excessive radiation while still providing quality images."

CT scans offer exquisite images of human anatomy, including the beating heart. These images help physicians diagnose and guide treatment for stroke, cancers and more. And, new applications of CT scans, including virtual colonoscopy, brain perfusion and lung screening, continue to develop.

This is why hospitals should take action now, says Jason Launders, MSc., Senior Project Officer and Medical Physicist, ECRI Institute. "CT provides precise images and tremendous benefits to patients. But, neglecting the radiation dose will, without a doubt, lead to unnecessary and unwanted consequences."

Development of the CT Radiation Dose Safety Review service is the latest in ECRI Institute's initiatives to keep CT radiation dosage at safe levels. In April, the organization released a Health Devices guidance article, "CT Radiation Dose: Understanding and Controlling the Risks," aimed at helping users strike the delicate balance between too much and not enough radiation.

For more information about ECRI Institute's CT Radiation Dose Safety Reviews, call (610) 825-6000, x5277, or e-mail consultants@ecri.org.

ECRI Institute, a nonprofit organization, dedicates itself to bringing the discipline of applied scientific research to healthcare to discover which medical procedures, devices, drugs, and processes are best to enable improved patient care.
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