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New Alert Warns of Risks from Diagnostic Imaging

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This article includes Sentinel Event Alert 47: Radiation Risks of Diagnostic Imaging. While diagnostic radiation is a necessary tool that can save lives, the higher the dose of radiation delivered at any given time increases the risk for long-term damage and cumulative harm can occur if a patient is given repeated doses. Health care organizations can reduce risks due to unnecessary diagnostic radiation by raising awareness among staff and patients of the increased risks associated with cumulative doses and by providing the right test and the right dose through effective processes, safe technology and a culture of safety.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2011

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