CT Scan Trade Group Announces Safety Measures

In response to concern that some CT scans have provided patients with excessive radiation, The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance has announced that it will install safety controls on its CT scans.
Recent news reports, including an article in the NY Times, has focused attention on dangerous dosages of radiation emitted by CT scans. Last October, the FDA launched an investigation concerning the issue at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles confirmed that 206 patients had received 8 times the normal radiation for brain scans.
Last week, James Parks told a US House panel about his son’s death of a radiation overdose. The Parks’ tragic case was the subject of a lengthy NY Times article last month and my partner Kevin Dugan’s blog post.
News that an industry trade group such as The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance has decided to step forward and address the issue is a good first step. Such radiation overdoses and radiation errors have led to too much tragedy and suffering already.