News | November 29, 2007

MITA VP Speaks on Benefits of CT Scans Relative to Radiation Dose Risks

November 30, 2007 — “CT scans are helping to save countless lives of patients with cancer, heart disease and neurological disorders,” said Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA) Vice President Andrew Whitman in an official statement released Nov. 29.

“Indeed, the New England Journal of Medicine has acknowledged the value of medical imaging, calling it one of the top 11 innovations of the past 1,000 years. Like many other advanced medical imaging technologies that detect and treat life threatening diseases CT scans use carefully controlled radiation. This remarkable technology helps doctors and other medical professionals provide the best possible diagnosis and care plan for their patients. CT allows doctors and surgeons to find disease earlier and plan treatment options that are tailored for each individual patient's condition. This allows for better patient care.”

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the National Cancer Institute agree that the benefits that CT scans provide far outweigh the small risks associated with CT scans. It is a generally accepted assumption that one has a 25 percent chance of getting cancer over one's lifetime. Using the FDA-published risk factors, a CT cardiac stress/rest perfusion study, for example, increases the risk of cancer by only 0.05 percent -- five one hundredths of a percent. That’s a minuscule risk compared to the extraordinarily high benefits that CT scans provide patients in fighting disease.”

“The medical imaging industry is constantly striving to develop innovative new technologies to maximize health outcomes and minimize radiation doses. Patients and their families should also know that systems are in place to ensure their safety. CT scans are rigorously tested and regulated. Not only do manufacturers test them, but each device must meet the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s strict medical imaging performance standards and industry performance standards. Medical imaging manufacturers, in their development and innovation of new technologies, include addressing the important issue of radiation dose.”

For more information: www.medicalimaging.org

Related Content

Houston Methodist Hospital Enters Multi-Year Technology and Research Agreement With Siemens Healthineers
News | Imaging | August 17, 2017
Houston Methodist Hospital and Siemens Healthineers have entered into a multi-year agreement to bring cutting-edge...
Four Blue Cross Blue Shield Companies Issue Positive Medical Policies on HeartFlow FFRct Analysis
News | Computed Tomography (CT) | August 09, 2017
HeartFlow Inc. announced that four Blue Cross Blue Shield companies have each issued a positive medical policy for the...
The American Lung Association created LUNG FORCE, a national movement to defeat lung cancer
News | Lung Cancer | August 02, 2017
To raise public awareness of lung cancer—the leading cancer killer of men and women—the American Lung Association's...
GE’s DoseWatch is a digital informatics solution that automatically collects, monitors and reports on radiation dose indices for diagnostic imaging exams
News | Radiation Dose Management | July 31, 2017
GE Healthcare announced that it has licensed computed tomography (CT) organ dosimetry technology developed at Duke...
Contrast Media from Bayer, trends in contrast media and developments in contrast media
Feature | Contrast Media | July 28, 2017 | By Dave Fornell
Here are several updates in medical imaging ...
New York Hospital Finds Significant Cost Savings With Toshiba’s Aquilion One CT
News | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 25, 2017
In five years, Kaleida Health’s Stroke Care Center (SCC) at the Gates Vascular Institute in Buffalo, N.Y., has realized...
Samsung Introduces FDA-Cleared BodyTom Elite CT Scanner
Technology | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 24, 2017
Samsung announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of the BodyTom Elite, an upgraded version of its...
Sponsored Content | Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 21, 2017
DAIC and ITN Editor Dave Fornell discusses some of the most innovative new computed tomography (CT) technology and tr
ACR Updates Radiation Oncology and Medical Physics Guidance With ASTRO and AAPM
News | Radiation Dose Management | July 19, 2017
July 19, 2017 — The American College of Radiology (ACR) recently collaborated with professional medical societies to
Sponsored Content | Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 19, 2017
Matthew Budoff, M.D., FACC, professor of medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, endowed chair of preventi
Overlay Init