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Medical radiation doses to be recorded in California

provide physicians the information they need to track dosage levels and prevent patients from receiving overdoses of radiation.”

California bill to record radiation dose moves forward August 30, 2010 by Heather Mayer, DOTmed News In a move to protect patients from excess radiation exposure during CT scans, the California State Assembly last week approved a bill that would require radiation dosage levels to be recorded on the scanned image and in a patient’s health record, as well as reporting those doses to patients, their physicians and the California Department of Health.

The bill would also require the same kind of monitoring and reporting on therapeutic X-rays used to treat cancer and require that facilities offering CT and X-ray services be accredited by an organization approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, an accrediting agency approved by the medical board of California or the state Department of Public Health……..
“The fact that these overdoses continued for 18 months speaks to the urgent need for protocols and safeguards to prevent overdoses in the future,” said Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), who authored the bill, in prepared remarks. “SB 1237 will provide physicians the information they need to track dosage levels and prevent patients from receiving overdoses of radiation.”

DOTmed.com – California bill to record radiation dose moves forward

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August 31, 2010 - Posted by | Legal, USA | , , ,

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