Transparency site on medical radiation devices launched

April 21, 2010 by  
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Due to the recent events in connection with medical radiation-associated health problems, regulators in the US are taking steps to resolve these issues. The US FDA has recently launched its Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) Transparency Web site which provides “information about medical device and radiation-emitting product regulatory processes and decisions, and summaries of data that provide the rationale for agency actions.”

To back track a bit, several studies have investigated radiation exposure of patients when undergoing diagnostic procedures that involved radiation-emitting devices, including the widely used computer tomography (CT) scans. These studies found that radiation levels used by these machines vary considerably and are not regulated. Previous research has shown strong links between radiation and cancer.

In addition, several cases of radiation overdose, some of them with very serious consequences, have been reported.

The new site covers the following:

Information on clearance reviews and premarket approvals will be incorporated in the near future.

We as patienst and consumers hope that this initiative will improve the safety levels of medical radiation.

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