Recommendations urge clinicians to talk with patients about radiation

02/16/2014 | CardiovascularBusiness.com

Cardiac imaging services involving radiation doses of more than 20 mSv should be discussed clearly and extensively with patients, according to professional recommendations published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Clear communication about potential risks of radiation with patients, tracking of quality and safety metrics and standardized reporting and diagnostic reference levels for various procedures were recommended. "The creation of the patient-centered imaging laboratory that prioritizes patient safety and effectiveness will require sizeable changes to the culture of imaging, which now focuses on volume and efficiency," the authors wrote.

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