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Medical Radiation Overdose on Congress FDA Radar

Even though we here in Washington, DC are about to face a second major snowstorm within a week, I wanted to briefly post about two recent announcements on medical radiation overdose initiatives. These initiatives come on the heels of recent news stories and growing concerns on this topic. First, Congress announced that the House Energy and Commerce committee's subcommittee on health will hold a hearing to review medical radiation dose issues. This was set for today, however the federal government was shut down due to the weather. Second, the FDA announced the implementation of a three-pronged analysis to reduce medical radiation dangers that will "promote the safe use of medical imaging devices, support informed clinical decision-making, and increase patient awareness of medical radiation."

We will continue to follow these stories and keep you updated on the implications for hospitals and imaging providers.