CT Makers: Make Sure Scans Are Really Needed
: NPR's Scott Hensley reports that the government, manufacturers and doctors are taking a closer look.
SCOTT HENSLEY: Simon Choi, a radiation and health expert at the Food and Drug Administration, explains the concern.
D: Some publications have said even approximately 20,000 future cancers could be related to CT scans performed in the U.S.
HENSLEY: To reduce those risks, the agency is urging doctors to make sure each CT scan they order is really needed. The agency wants patients to talk to their doctors about alternatives.
D: Patients could ask: What is the justification for this procedure? Are there other options for me?
HENSLEY: Dave Fisher heads a trade group for scanner makers.
: The last thing we want, as manufacturers, is individuals receiving scans they don't need.
HENSLEY: Scott Hensley, NPR News, Washington.
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