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Hospitals May Need To Monitor CT Scan Radiation

There is no written record in hospitals whenever radiation, particularly CT scan radiation, is given in higher-than-prescribed doses. And that’s what AB 1237 by Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) wants to change.

“We don’t know exactly what the risks are for accumulated radiation. But it could be pretty serious. This simply begins a data-keeping, a record at hospitals around the state,” Padilla said. “We want to make sure that whatever the dose it is, that’s what should be administered.”

The bill establishes procedures to track radiation dosage, by requiring that all CT scan dosages should be recorded electronically, and it orders an annual verification of equipment. Any incidents of over-radiation would be reported to the California Department of Public Health.

The concern over radiation began last year with the discovery that more than 200 patients at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center were exposed to higher-than-prescribed radiation doses.

The bill passed this week, 21-10, and now goes to the governor.

“I’m elated [it] was approved by the legislature,” Padilla said. “I hope the Governor signs this bill to help protect patients from overexposure to radiation.”

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