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Germany looks to reduce medical radiation levels:

This article was originally published in Clinica

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The German federal department for radiation protection (BFS) has said that it intends to tackle the matter of rising radiation levels in medical diagnosis. From 1996 to 2001, radiation levels rose by 0.2 millisievert to 1.8 millisievert. Wolfram Konig, president of the BFS, put the increase down to increased used of computed tomography procedures. To prevent multiple examinations, the BFS intends to introduce a radiology pass for patients. In contrast with other European countries, radiological examinations are not carried out in Germany only in specialist centres or hospitals, but also in office-based doctors' practices.

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