Finally -- Less Radiation Exposure Being Advised

A safety campaign has been launched in an effort to stop the overuse of medical radiation. The first step in the Image Wisely campaign is a pledge to use the least radiation necessary for a procedure; it has so far been signed by more than 700 health care providers.

The average total radiation exposure for U.S. citizens has increased a great deal due to the increased use of imaging tests such as CT scans. This has raised questions about possible increased cancer risk.

The Chicago Tribune reports:

“The way most insurers pay doctors, with a fee for each procedure, rewards doctors for doing more procedures ... Then there's ‘dose creep,’ when technologists increase the radiation dose to get amazing-looking pictures of the body.”

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