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Congress urged to give FDA power to regulate CT scans

USA Today, June 25, 2010

Amid growing concern over the safety of CT scans, some experts say Congress should give the Food and Drug Administration power to ensure that patients aren't exposed to dangerously high levels of radiation. Congress could set clearer standards by giving the FDA authority to regulate how CT scans are used, says radiologist Rebecca Smith-Bindman in an editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine. A 1992 law regulating mammograms, for example, has reduced radiation exposure and helped women everywhere get the same high-quality care, she says.