WASHINGTON (AP) - The government is taking steps to help ensure
that children who need CT scans and other X-ray-based tests don't
get an adult-sized dose of radiation.
Too much radiation from medical testing is a growing concern
because it may increase the risk of cancer later in life. Children
are more sensitive to radiation than adults, and exposure adds up
with repeated scans over the years.
On Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration is proposing
guidelines urging manufacturers to design new scanners to be safer
for the youngest, smallest patients. Also, the FDA is providing new
guidance to parents on its website. It advises parents to ask why
the test is needed and whether there are radiation-free
alternatives or ways to minimize the child's exposure.