UK agency reports slight increase in radiation exposureBMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7502.1229 (Published 26 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1229
- Lynn Eaton
The average annual exposure to radiation among the British public has risen slightly, according to the Health Protection Agency. Most of the increase is due to the greater number of people undergoing radiography and the increased use of computed tomography (CT) scanners, which carry higher levels or radiation than conventional radiography, it says.
Although the national average levels of radiation exposure increased only very slightly from 2002 to 2003—from 2.6 mSv to just under 2.7 mSv—radiation from medical interventions had increased by 10%, from 0.37 mSv to 0.41 mSv.
“This is due to increases in the frequency of x rays carried out and to CT scans,” said Stewart Hughes, principal scientist of …
Log in using your username and password
Log in through your institution
Register for a free trial to thebmj.com to receive unlimited access to all content on thebmj.com for 14 days.
Sign up for a free trial