, 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.

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