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Medical group urges new rules on radiation

New York Times, February 5, 2010

The American Society for Radiation Oncology has called for enhanced safety measures in administering medical radiation, including the establishment of the nation's first central database for the reporting of errors involving linear accelerators and CT scanners. The Society issued a six-point plan that it said would improve safety and quality and reduce the chances of medical errors. Even though the group says serious radiation accidents are rare, it says it will work toward a stronger accreditation program, expanded training, and an enhanced program to ensure that medical technologies from different manufacturers can safely transfer information, the New York Times reports.