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Low-Dose Ionizing Radiation from Medical Imaging 

Low-Dose Ionizing Radiation from Medical Imaging
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Low-Dose Ionizing Radiation from Medical Imaging
Author(s):

Christoph I. Lee

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190223700.003.0050
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date: 20 August 2019

This chapter, found in the radiation exposure from medical imaging section of the book, provides a succinct synopsis of a key study examining low-dose ionizing radiation exposure and radiation-induced cancer risks. This summary outlines the study methodology and design, major results, limitations and criticisms, related studies and additional information, and clinical implications. The study reported that a substantial proportion of the nonelderly US population is exposed to medium to very high annual effective doses from medical imaging procedures. Strategies ensuring the appropriate use of medical imaging associated with ionizing radiation should be developed and adopted widely. In addition to outlining the most salient features of the study, a clinical vignette is included in order to provide relevant clinical context.

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