Radiation risks should be considered and discussed before heart imaging

September 29, 2014 10:15 PM

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Radiation risks should be considered and discussed before heart imaging

healthcare providers should help patients understand why the procedure is needed and its potential benefits and risks, including risks related to radiation exposure, according to a new scientific statement in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

“With technological improvements, medical imaging has become an increasingly vital tool in diagnosing and treating patients with heart disease, but the rising use of the tests has led to increasing radiation exposure over the past two decades,” said Reza Fazel, M.D., M.Sc., chair of the writing comm...

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