Research and analysis

Review of radiation dose issues from the use of CT in the UK

COMARE’s 16th report: investigates the increased use of CT in the UK and considers possible ways to reduce radiation dose.

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COMARE 16th Report

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In this report, COMARE presents a comprehensive review of the radiation dose issues associated with CT scans in the UK. The implications of the increase in the numbers of CT scans in the UK are considered in the report, with focus on the number of younger patients undergoing CT scans, who have greater sensitivity to x-rays. The report provides an update on the radiation protection aspects of justification (balancing risk and benefit) and optimisation (balancing the risk from the radiation dose with the quality of the image).

Published 14 August 2014