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Medical radiation, long used to diagnose and treat patients, has saved countless lives in this country. But some doctors are now warning that more needs to be done to ensure the technology is used more safely.

Some doctors are saying more needs to be done to ensure that CT scans are safe.

The radiation from CT scans produces an exquisitely precise image, which is why Americans undergo 72 million scans a year to help diagnose their illnesses, according to a 2009 study from the Archives of Internal Medicine.

But there's a problem.

Dr. Rebecca Smith-Bindman, a professor of radiology at the University of California-San Francisco Medical Center, reviewed the CT images of a thousand patients at four of San Francisco's largest hospitals and found that radiation doses varied wildly. Some patients who underwent the same type of test received 20 times more radiation than others, often in the same hospital.

Here is a Link to the article and it does contain avideo link there at the bottom of the screen!!

http://abcnews.go.com/WN/radiation-risk ... id=9657846

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