AAPM Statement on radiation dose

One thing that medical physicists and all members of the medical community agrees is that the CT should be performed only if medically necessary. Some specific suggestions for people who have had CT or CT examinations are provided for in the coming weeks are:Patients and physicians should also consider whether the school is accredited by the American College of Radiology – the guarantee of leading practices, low-dose CT.

– Consult a radiologist if there are outstanding issues to reduce the dose or the need for a scanner.

A group of experts from the American Association of Physicists in Medicine has published a statement calling for an open discussion of the facts about radiation hazards of computed tomography in the light of recent concerns of the public and news reports of the radiation dose.

‘There is no excuse for excessive exposure to radiation of the genus. Improved training and new features of the machine interface may be necessary to prevent future events,’ notes the AAPM statement. ‘News of the accident has brought a national mobilization of medical physicists, in collaboration with hospital administrators, radiologists and CT technicians to get a better control of TDM protocols for each institution.’

The AAPM statement warns of ‘several misleading statements made with respect to radiation hazards CT’, after a recent warning by the FDA and two articles in a medical journal has attracted the attention of the public safety require the use of CT X-rays and can cause a small but not zero, it can cause.

John M. Boone, president of the Scientific Committee AAPM Council and Vice Chairman of Radiology at the University of California, Davis Medical Center. About 70 million CT are performed each year in the United States, adds, and most are medically necessary for the diagnosis of disease and to evaluate how people respond to treatment.

If you have ever had a mammogram, ultrasound, x-rays, MRI, PET, or a known person treated for cancer, chances are reasonable that a medical physicist was working behind the scenes to ensure that the imaging and treatment procedures were effective as possible. Medical physicists help to develop new imaging techniques, improve existing ones, and ensure the safety of radiation used in medical procedures in radiology, radiation oncology and nuclear medicine. They provide a guarantee of routine quality control of radiation equipment and procedures to ensure that cancer patients receive the prescribed dose of radiation to the correct position. They also contribute to the development of intensive physical therapy techniques such as stereotactic radiosurgery, and plants seeds for prostate cancer, for example.

– Ensure that the CT technical factors are adjusted for the size of the patient’s body;

The AAPM statement does not agree with the assumptions used to calculate these risks. It also notes the difficulty in determining whether radiation or other factors was the cause of cancer a person – as opposed to the effects of road traffic accidents or shootings where the causes of death are clear and unambiguous.

A qualified medical physicist is someone who is competent to practice independently one or more sub-clinical areas of medical physics, documented through specialized training and board certification.

‘It ‘s rare to find a relationship that is so clear,’ Chen said. ‘When we saw the results, we were surprised and excited.’

The statement also addresses two recent AAPM back to back papers published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine. These draft articles, on the basis of a number of assumptions, that the use of diagnostic CT in 2007 could lead to thousands of future cases of cancer in the United States.

The American Association of Physicists in Medicine is a scientific, educational and career of more than 7,000 medical physicists. Based at the American Center for Physics in College Park, MD. Publications include a scientific journal , technical reports and conference proceedings.

A qualified medical physicist is someone who is competent to practice independently one or more sub-clinical areas of medical physics, documented through specialized training and board certification.

One question addresses AAPM is a warning statement that the Food and Drug Administration issued after 206 people undergoing diagnosis and treatment were exposed to high doses of radiation in a hospital in Southern California. Exhibitions and redness of the skin caused some of them.

Similar incidents have since been identified in other hospitals, including two more in Southern California.