Law might change to protect people who have computed tomography

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 19 September 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1729
  1. Lisa Hitchen
  1. 1London

    The laws that govern computed tomography (CT) might have to change to protect vulnerable patients, an expert from the UK Health Protection Agency has said. Scans of the full body that people without symptoms have as part of preventive health checks are not covered by the existing regulations.

    Commercial companies offer such scans to the public, with advertisements in the national press or leaflets delivered to people’s homes, said Ron Wheelton of the Health Protection Agency’s radiation protection division at the agency’s conference in Coventry last week.

    But the Justification of Practices Involving Ionising Radiation Regulations 2004 and the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2000 do not cover such scans for people who have no symptoms, pointed out Steve Ebdon-Jackson of the agency’s medical exposure …

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