FDA aims to reduce radiation exposure for children

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

May 16, 2012

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released recommendations that ask manufacturers of X-ray and CT scan devices to factor in the safety of children when designing new ones and provide child-specific training for models already in use. The FDA also requested that manufacturers label their machines with appropriate warnings if the scanners cannot be proven safe for children. These recommendations are part of an effort by the FDA to reduce the amount of radiation exposure in pediatric patients.

Equipment designed for adults can expose children to larger radiation doses than necessary, according to the FDA. The FDA noted that pediatric populations have a higher risk of cancer through each radiation dose, and because the effects of radiation are cumulative over a lifetime, high amounts of radiation so early in life should be avoided when possible. The proposed guidelines, released on May 9, are open for public comment in the next four months before becoming final.

View the FDA press release.

Source: U.S. News HealthDay