Reducing the Harmful Effects of Radiation Exposure Related to Diagnostic Imaging

Diagnostic imaging procedures such as Computed Tomography (CT), fluoroscopy, and nuclear medicine imaging exams have led to improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of numerous medical conditions. However, the ionizing radiation in these exams may increase a patient’s lifetime risk of developing cancer. The FDA and other organizations are seeking to support the benefits of imaging while minimizing the risks. HUSKY Health supports the FDA’s initiatives to promote patient safety.

The following links can provide assistance with delivering appropriate radiologic care for patients

  1. Choosing Wisely is an initiative of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation in partnership with Consumer Reports that seeks to advance a national dialogue on avoiding wasteful and unnecessary medical tests, treatments, and procedures.
  1. The Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert #47 provides information on radiation risks of diagnostic imaging.

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