The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee held a hearing to begin looking at ways to tighten regulation of radiation procedures and improve patient safety. The effort follows several months of reports and news stories detailing patients being accidentally exposed to deadly levels of radiation during diagnostic imaging tests and radiation treatment for cancers. “It is shocking to me that in many states individuals who operate these devices do not need to be licensed and are therefore not regulated at all in terms of education and expertise,” Health Subcommittee Chairman Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) said at the hearing. In his testimony, American Society for Radiation Oncology Chairman Tim Williams said Congress could make inroads toward improved patient safety by empowering groups such as the National Institutes of Health’s Radiological Physics Center and the Advanced Technology Consortium to expand their work.
Late News: House panel considers tougher radiation regs
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