Quality initiatives* radiation risk: what you should know to tell your patient.

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Article: article from journal or magazin.
Publication sub-type
Review (review): journal as complete as possible of one specific subject, written based on exhaustive analyses from published work.
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Publications
Title
Quality initiatives* radiation risk: what you should know to tell your patient.
Journal
Radiographics
Author(s)
Verdun F.R., Bochud F., Gundinchet F., Aroua A., Schnyder P., Meuli R.
ISSN
1527-1323 (Electronic)
ISSN-L
0271-5333
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2008
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
28
Number
7
Pages
1807-1816
Language
english
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Publication types: Journal Article
Publication Status: ppublish
Abstract
The steady increase in the number of radiologic procedures being performed is undeniably having a beneficial impact on healthcare. However, it is also becoming common practice to quantify the health detriment from radiation exposure by calculating the number of cancer-related deaths inferred from the effective dose delivered to a given patient population. The inference of a certain number of expected deaths from the effective dose is to be discouraged, but it remains important as a means of raising professional awareness of the danger associated with ionizing radiation. The risk associated with a radiologic examination appears to be rather low compared with the natural risk. However, any added risk, no matter how small, is unacceptable if it does not benefit the patient. The concept of diagnostic reference levels should be used to reduce variations in practice among institutions and to promote optimal dose indicator ranges for specific imaging protocols. In general, the basic principles of radiation protection (eg, justification and optimization of a procedure) need to be respected to help counteract the unjustified explosion in the number of procedures being performed.
Keywords
Patient Education as Topic/methods, Physician-Patient Relations, Radiation Injuries/prevention & control, Radiation Protection/methods, Risk Assessment/methods, Risk Factors, Truth Disclosure, United States
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Web of science
Open Access
Yes
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