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FDA concerned about too much medical radiation

5 years ago June 14, 2010 Jun 14, 2010 Monday, June 14 2010 Monday, June 14, 2010 5:00:32 AM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Andrea Fontenot

The Food and Drug Administration is taking a look at radiation treatment because of evidence that Americans get too much of it from tests.

The average American's dose has grown sixfold in the past few decades.

Americans get the most medical radiation in the world, accounting for half of the most advanced procedures that use radiation.

The consequences of too much radiation often don't show up for years, and there are no federal rules on radiation dose, except for mammograms.

The FDA is looking at ways to reduce and keep track of a person's exposure.

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