Patient dose concerns loom larger: need, education, licensure, is our answer
June 03, 2010
A physician, who at the time was the principal doctor of a major medical clinic, once approached me about radiation dose issues and asked me to compare a chest x-ray to a chest and abdomen CT scan. I was prepared, having dealt with similar concerns expressed by other medical practitioners, and explained briefly how it can vary greatly and how the potential health hazards are weighed against the benefits. It was not the first time I had an inquiry about dose-saving techniques from the medical community or from patients. I started realizing how more and more the general public is being affected by media coverage and how the medical community should be able to react.