Health care providers pledging less radiation

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Heath care providers are pledging to stop the overuse of radiation on patients during medical exams in a new, nationwide safety effort launched this week in Chicago.

The first step in the Image Wisely campaign is a pledge to use the least radiation necessary on patients for a procedure. So far, the pledge has been signed by nearly 700 health care providers.

Experts met Thursday at the Radiological Society of North America's annual meeting in Chicago. One panel said the new campaign may lead to more review of protocols, more accreditation of imaging facilities and more widely shared standards on proper radiation doses.

The average American's radiation exposure has increased in recent decades because of increased use of new imaging tests, particularly CT scans, raising questions about increased cancer risk.

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