Letters Medical radiation exposure

Making the best use of clinical radiology

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d1951 (Published 29 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1951
  1. Denis J Remedios, consultant radiologist and chair of the RCR Guidelines Working Party,
  2. Bethan Seymour, publications and website officer
  1. 1Royal College of Radiologists, London, UK
  1. denis.remedios{at}nwlh.nhs.uk

Nuclear power plant disasters capture headlines but the collective dose to the population from medical imaging is three times greater than from nuclear energy production.1 2

Perhaps the two principles of radiation protection—optimisation and justification—need reiterating and the impact of measures to support these outlined. Optimisation—the reduction of medical exposure dose …

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