The New York Times
When Dr. Deborah Rhodes orders a diagnostic test that involves radiation, she consults a chart in her office that lists the amount of radiation exposure from each test. She considers the patients total past exposure, and then carefully weighs the risks and benefits of each test and any alternative approaches she can take.
Two new studies appearing in Tuesdays issue of the journal Radiology suggest more physicians should take this approach. One study found that certain nuclear-based breast imaging exams that involve injecting radioactive material into patients expose women to far higher doses of radiation than regular , increasing their risk of in vulnerable organs beyond the breast, like the kidneys, bladder or ovaries... Read More