Patient Radiation Safety and Risk
Everyone is concerned about patient radiation dose. From 1993 through 2008, radiation dose attributed to medical radiation rose 82% from 0.54 to 3 mSv per capita. The largest component of the medical patient radiation dose was CT scanning (49%). This is despite the fact that CT scanning makes up only 17% of the total medical procedures that contributes to a patient radiation dose (NCRP Report 160).
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- National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements. Ionizing radiation exposure of the population of the United States. Washington, DC: National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements; NCRP Report No. 160; 2009. Summary of the report available at: http://www.ncrponline.org/Press_Rel/Rept_160_Press_Release.pdf. Accessed 8 May 2011.