House panel con­sid­ers tougher ra­di­a­tion regs

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The House En­ergy and Com­merce Health Sub­com­mit­tee held a hear­ing to be­gin looking at ways to tighten reg­u­la­tion of ra­di­a­tion pro­ce­dures and im­prove pa­tient safety. The ef­fort fol­lows sev­eral months of re­ports and news sto­ries de­tail­ing pa­tients be­ing ac­ci­den­tally ex­posed to deadly lev­els of ra­di­a­tion dur­ing di­ag­nos­tic imag­ing tests and ra­di­a­tion treat­ment for can­cers. “It is shock­ing to me that in many states in­di­vid­u­als who op­er­ate th­ese de­vices do not need to be li­censed and are there­fore not reg­u­lated at all in terms of ed­u­ca­tion and ex­per­tise,” Health Sub­com­mit­tee Chair­man Frank Pal­lone Jr. (D-N.J.) said at the hear­ing. In his tes­ti­mony, Amer­i­can So­ci­ety for Ra­di­a­tion On­col­ogy Chair­man Tim Wil­liams said Congress could make

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