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Limits to be put on whole body scans as part of health screening MOTs

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 08 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1932
  1. Philip Wilson
  1. 1London

    The Department of Health has accepted recommendations from the Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE)—originally made in 2007—that propose new regulations for private clinics offering computed tomography (CT) scanning for healthy people.

    The department will now formally ask the Royal College of Radiologists and the Royal College of Physicians to prepare guidelines for clinics that offer these “health MOTs,” setting out the balance of risks and benefits involved.

    A government spokesman was keen to discourage talk of a ban, saying the aim is to make clear the potential risks of the scans while supporting the principle of patient choice. He was unable to confirm when the guidelines will come into force, saying it will be the responsibility of a new government after the general election.

    Private clinics offering CT scans and other preventative investigations have become commercially successful in the United States, with an estimated 15 000 000 men and women electing for whole …

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