FDA concerned about too much medical radiation

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Posted: Jun 14, 2010 6:00 AM by Andrea Fontenot
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: FDA, radiation, treatment, Americans, health, medical

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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