Regulation: CT scan radiation overdose

A tale of two states:

In California CT scan data showed overdosing of patients (8 times the needed radiation) at several hospitals. Patients suffered hair loss, confusion, headaches and memory loss. The state responded by tightening the oversight of these scans.

In Alabama similar overdosing occurred in over 400 patients receiving “up to 13 times” the dose. In this state there are no state standards and no action was taken against the hospital involved.

Eight states allow technologists to perform medical imaging other than mammographies with no credentials or educational requirements.

Medicynical Note: Where would you prefer to have you CT scan? Does more need to be done? Is this a malpractice issue?


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