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DH crackdown on body scans

7th April 2010

The government has brought in new regulations which will prevent companies from offering body scan MOTs.

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After reviewing and accepting nine recommendations from the Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE), the Department of Health decided to tackle the rise in personal health scans.

COMARE said people should not undergo a computerised tomography (CT) scan more frequently than once every couple of years.

People who want to check their health have been able to pay companies to perform body MOTs using CT equipment.

However experts have advised that having CT scans could be dangerous, as they can be 400 times stronger than a chest x-ray.

CT scans take x-ray images known as "slices" which are transmitted to a computer and examined by a radiologist.

Dr Tony Nicholson, dean of the Royal College of Radiologists, said: "This regulation will make the rules on CT scans more understandable. It's just not possible to justify using ionising radiation if there's no proven benefit."

Public Health Minister Gillian Merron said: "Any scan a patient undergoes should balance the clinical benefits against the risks of the radiation involved."

"I welcome the decision to define more closely the considerations that should govern CT scanning in cases of individual health assessments," she added.

 

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Article Information

Title: DH crackdown on body scans
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 14570
Date Added: 7th Apr 2010

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