FDA Wants Child-Size Radiation Doses From Medical Imagers

Law360, New York (May 9, 2012, 1:35 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday unveiled its latest effort to cut the cancer risk associated with medical imaging devices, telling manufacturers to design radiation-emitting equipment with pediatric patients in mind or add warning labels if their products aren’t suitable for youngsters.

The draft recommendations were released as part of a larger FDA campaign against excessive radiation exposure, and come against a backdrop of numerous reports suggesting Americans undergo too many diagnostic tests involving X-rays.

While emphasizing the importance of imaging, FDA officials noted...
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