Calif. Senate passes radiation bill

The California Senate last week passed legislation designed to protect patients from excess medical radiation through measures such as recording the radiation dose from CT scans.

SB 1237 passed the Senate on May 28 on a bipartisan 24-5 vote. The bill, authored by Sen. Alex Padilla (D-San Fernando Valley), would establish protocols and safeguards to protect patients from radiation overdoses such as those that occurred at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from 2008 to 2009.

The legislation requires radiation dose levels to be recorded on CT images and in a patient's health records.

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