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Medical Radiation Sources

Radiation exposures from diagnostic medical examinations are generally low and are almost always justified by the benefits of accurate diagnosis of possible disease conditions. One of the basic principles of radiation protection is that radiation dose should always be kept as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA). 

Radiation safety practices seem to have become challenging as the number of diagnostic procedures and types of imaging equipment continue to expand. Even though new radiology equipment has drastically improved image quality and speed, it is now much easier to expose patients to excessive amounts of radiation. Therefore, the healthcare team must remain educated in regard to radiation safety so that they can protect their patients and themselves.

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