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Radiation bills raise question of supervision

New York Times, February 26, 2010

To help ensure that medical radiation is safe, Medicare insists that certain highly technical cancer treatments be administered only when a patient's radiation oncologist is present or nearby. But a case in Florida points to some of the rising concerns about safety procedures and oversight involving increasingly complex computer-controlled radiotherapy and diagnostic equipment. It also raises questions about financial incentives and the overuse of high-tech, and highly reimbursed, treatments, the New York Times reports.