Radiation Safety Information and Resources for Referring Practitioners

Referring physicians and other health care providers need reliable information to help manage their patients’ imaging needs. The resources on this page provide medical information to help address many of your imaging-related questions. Click any question in the list below to jump directly to the information you need. 

Q: Does my patient need diagnostic imaging? How do I decide which examination best answers the clinical concern? Is there an alternative examination available that does not involve ionizing radiation?

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Q: What is ionizing radiation and what are its biological effects and risks?

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Q: When can ultrasound or magnetic resonance (MR) (which do not involve ionizing radiation) be used instead of X-ray or computed tomography (CT) imaging (which do involve ionizing radiation)?

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Q: What are the special concerns of my pregnant patients and of my pediatric patients?

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Q: How can I best care for my patients who have long-term or recurring medical conditions requiring periodic imaging?

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Q: What is imaging accreditation and why should I seek accredited imaging facilities for my patients?

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Q: Where can I find additional information on imaging studies, medical radiation, and controlling patient radiation dose?

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Q: Are there good information sources for patients and the general public to get information on medical imaging and radiation?

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