Overuse, Overdose, Overdiagnosis... Overreaction?

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When x-rays were first discovered, the harmful effects of radiation had to be manifest in the early users before they were known. Today, radiation protection and safety have been established and the effects of radiation, as well as its risks, are known. Even so, medical radiation, in particular the growth in the use of computed tomography (CT), has resulted in soaring radiation doses received by the population in general. Inappropriate use has resulted in overuse, overdose and, perhaps, overdiagnosis, especially when used in screening. In the quest to control and curb the use of procedures involving radiation, however, we must be careful not to provoke a pandemic of irrational fear of radiation. Overreaction to the overuse and overdose of radiation might deter patients from life-saving procedures. © 2010 Biomedical Imaging and Intervention Journal.




Ho, E. (2010, July). Overuse, Overdose, Overdiagnosis... Overreaction? Biomedical Imaging and Intervention Journal. https://doi.org/10.2349/biij.6.3.e8

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