New CT scan dosage guidelines stem from UW physicist’s work

Protocols issued for 10 common head, neck and body exams, aiming to avoid unnecessary radiation exposure

Health Imaging  |  Updated 10:00 AM, 02.23.2017

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  • Imaging technologist helping a patient after a CT (computed tomography) scan at the UW Medicine Eastside Specialty Center. Clare McLean

Results of a two-year study have spurred new national dose levels for the 10 most common adult CT examinations. The guidance should help healthcare facilities to optimize exam protocols so that dose is commensurate with the size of the patient, avoiding unnecessary radiation exposure.

The new dose levels involve the 10 most common CT head, neck and body examinations, said lead researcher Kalpana M. Kanal, a medical physicist and professor of radiology at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. 

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