AMERICANS GET MOST RADIATION

Thank  you to one of brand new graduates Chuck Flott for sharing this article with me.  I love that through our work with the students they have become more aware of radiation and have the education to use it properly.

Here’s a portion of the article:

“After his own daughter, Molly, was given too many scans following a car accident, Birnbaum took action: He asked the two hospitals where he works to watch for any patients who had had 10 or more CT scans, or patients under 40 who had had five — clearly dangerous amounts. They found 50 people over a three-year period, including a young woman with 31 abdominal scans.”

“Radiation is a hidden danger — you don’t feel it when you get it, and any damage usually doesn’t show up for years. Taken individually, tests that use radiation pose little risk. Over time, though, the dose accumulates.

Doctors don’t keep track of radiation given their patients — they order a test, not a dose. Except for mammograms, there are no federal rules on radiation dose. Children and young women, who are most vulnerable to radiation harm, sometimes get too much at busy imaging centers that don’t adjust doses for each patient’s size.”

You can read more here:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100614/ap_on_he_me/us_med_overtreated_radiation

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2 Responses to “AMERICANS GET MOST RADIATION”

  1. Hi Amanda,

    I am the Outreach Director for a website devoted to radiology and related medical imaging careers & education – http://www.radiology-schools.com. I didn’t see an email address or a way to get in touch with you on your blog. We are trying to raise awareness of our resource and we were wondering if you would be willing to add us to your blogroll? Please check out the site and let me know what you think. We are always looking for feedback as well. I apologize for reaching out to you via a comment; just couldn’t see any other way to reach you.

    Best,

    Aaron Heyntsen
    Outreach Director

  2. No problem! I will definately check it out :) You can email me at http://www.amanda.lee.brand@gmail.com Have a fantastic day!

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