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Safety features planned for radiation machines

New York Times, June 10, 2010

Manufacturers of radiation therapy equipment said at a patient-safety conference that within the next two years their new equipment and the software that runs it would include fail-safe features to help reduce harmful radiation overdoses and other mistakes. Two associations representing the biggest manufacturers of radiotherapy equipment said their equipment will shut down if it does not detect that the treatment plan had been checked, that beam modifying devices were correctly placed, and that the patient was properly positioned.