Hospitals urged to reduce radiation exposure

August 25, 2011 3:16:10 PM PDT
In a new alert, an accrediting group is urging hospitals to find new ways to reduce patient's exposure to repeated radiation doses.

The Joint Commission wants hospitals to pay more attention to risks of long term damage, including cancer, from too many imaging tests that use radiation, such as CT scans.

The commission's president says diagnostic tests are often necessary but must be used with caution.

One of the recommendations is using imaging other than CT scans such as ultrasound or MRIs when possible.