MITA proposes ways to reduce radiation dose

By staff writers

February 11, 2010 -- The Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA) has endorsed eight principles to reduce exposure to unnecessary medical radiation, minimize medical errors, and improve reporting of adverse events, the Arlington, VA-based organization said.

The proposals come amid heightened scrutiny of radiation from medical sources. The U.S. Food and Administration (FDA) this week announced that it plans a new initiative to more closely regulate diagnostic and therapeutic radiation, while the U.S. Congress is also expected to hold hearings on the issue.

In its proposal, MITA recommends:

  1. Expanding and integrating appropriateness criteria into physician decision-making
  2. Creating a national dosage registry to ensure longitudinal tracking of dose levels for patients across America
  3. Adopting a standardized method of storing diagnostic imaging and radiation therapy information within electronic health records
  4. Expanding mandatory accreditation for advanced imaging facilities
  5. Establishing minimum standards for training and education for hospital and imaging facility personnel who perform medical imaging exams and deliver radiation therapy treatments
  6. Developing enhanced operational safety procedures and checklists to reduce medical errors
  7. Expanding and standardizing the reporting of medical errors associated with medical radiation across stakeholders in a manner that is transparent for patients, families, and physicians
  8. Developing radiation dose reference values to provide a data point to compare the dose level of a specific procedure

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