New California Law to Include Radiation Dose Data in Patients’ Radiology Reports; Offers National Solution to Manage Radiation Overexposure

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Every year in the U.S., more than 70 million children and adults receive CT scans, a number that has grown six-fold over the last few decades.

Beginning July 1, 2012 the state of California will require facilities performing CT scans to record radiation dose as part of patients’ radiology reports or as an attached protocol page.

While California is the first state to take official action to manage and control this issue, numerous groups including the FDA, The Joint Commission, Image Wisely, Image Gently and others are working to address patient radiation overexposure across the U.S.

Together, Nuance and Radimetrics, a leading provider of radiation dose monitoring and management software, will allow hospitals and imaging centers to automate dose reporting of patients.

Janet Dillione, EVP and GM, Nuance Healthcare said, “The California mandate to regulate over exposure to imaging-related radiation is a sign of things to come.

Like other healthcare regulations, such as Meaningful Use and ICD-10, our goal is to help healthcare organizations get ahead of such transitions and in the case of the California law to reduce negative side effects of diagnostic exams and increase patient safety.

Source: Marketwatch

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