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Safety & Quality

Are radiation and medical imaging safe?

The professionals at Kettering Health Network strategically plan and control your radiation intake to insure that you receive the correct amount. Large amounts of radiation can have a negative effect on the human body, but controlled radiation can cure cancer.

The American College of Radiology and the Radiological Society of North America provide information on all kinds of radiology and imaging exams at radiologyinfo.org.

How do I know that Kettering Health Network is safe?

Medical radiation, both for diagnosis and therapy is controlled by the State of Ohio Department of Health, Bureau of Radiation Protection. They publish rules that all hospitals and medical offices must follow in order to use radiation on humans. They make regular inspections of all aspects of every hospital's radiation safety program. More information about the Bureau of Radiation Protection, including all their regulations, can be found at http://www.odh.ohio.gov/odhPrograms/rp/radprot/radprot1.aspx.

How safe are CT scans?

Computerized Tomography (CT) scans are a type of X-ray exam that gives highly-detailed images of cross-sections through the body. The scans can even be used to make three-dimensional images. These scans are used extensively for diagnosing all types of problems. They also use more radiation than other conventional images, like chest X-rays. It is our goal to make sure that no one is ever harmed by a medical exam. CT scans do not usually pose any particular danger. While there is no way to completely rule out any side effects over a patient's lifetime, we use every means possible to use no more radiation than is absolutely necessary. There are also immediate benefits to CT scans, including diagnosing a condition or ruling out a possible problem.


We hope this information is useful to you. Please ask a doctor, nurse, or technologist if you have any more questions.

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