Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Did you know?......

Did you know that a standard CT of the brain exposes the patient to an equivalent of 115 chest xrays? With radiation exposure errors in the recent headlines as noted in an article posted in the Wall Street Journal, More Patients Got Radiation Overdoses in CT Scans, it is the responsibility of the imaging facility to ensure the correct dose of radiation is being used. It is also the responsibility of the medical provider to weigh the risks of doing a CT vs an MRI or alternative study in the non-urgent setting.Check out the radiation equivalency chart link located on my website. It is a great tool to educate staff and medical providers as to the amount of radiation the patient is receiving.

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