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Tests >  Imaging:  Safety Resources

Last update: 05/14/2013

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Imaging Exposures | Contrast

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Medical Imaging: Risks and Benefits

The benefits and risks must be considered. The risk from exposure to imaging radiation is very much age related.
 

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FDA - a presentation: 
Reducing Unnecessary Medical Imaging
Exposure

CDR Sean M. Boyd, MPH, USPHS
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Center for Devices and Radiological Health
April 30, 2010

aapm.org
 

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FDA: White Paper:
Initiative to Reduce Unnecessary
Radiation Exposure from Medical Imaging


fda.gov

Provide patients with tools to track their personal medical imaging history.

FDA is collaborating with the ACR and RSNA joint task force currently coordinating Image Wisely, to develop and disseminate a patient medical imaging record card.26 FDA will make this card available on our website.

While ultimately the best way of tracking a patientís history of radiation exposure will be to incorporate it into that patientís paper or electronic medical record, a personal record card will give patients and their caregivers a means, in the short term, of tracking their own medical imaging histories and sharing this information with their physicians. This will help facilitate critical discussions between patients and providers about the best available clinical options.
 

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FDA.gov:
Computed Tomography (CT)
 
fda.gov

Topics: Description | Uses  |  Risks/Benefits | Information for Patients | Information for Professionals
Laws, Regulations & Performance Standards | Industry Guidance | Other Resources

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Radiologyinfo.org:
Patient Safety

radiologyinfo.org
 

Contrast in Imaging

At this time, maintaining adequate hydration seems the most important way for patients to manage risks.  The evidence supporting the use of supplements, such as NAC, is mixed and inconclusive.  See within.

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Radiology Rounds:
Contrast-Media Induced Nephropathy and Diagnostic CT

mghradrounds.org
 

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Radiologyinfo.org:
How safe are contrast materials?

radiologyinfo.org
 

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Emedicine (technical)
Contrast Medium Reactions

emedicine.medscape.com

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Dr. Steven Fishbane
N-Acetylcysteine (NAC)  in the Prevention of Contrast-Induced Nephropathy (Liver damage)

asnjournals.org
 

 
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