Posts Tagged: radiation

Lung Cancer: 4 Areas of Progress and Challenge

Lung cancer is still the leading cause of cancer death for adults in the US. But clinicians and researchers are making inroads against the disease. Recent progress and challenges in the field include: 1. Smoking – A dramatic decline in the number of smokers directly relates to clear evidence that smoking causes lung cancer and… Read more »

Top 5 Reasons Not to Hate Your Mammogram

Discomfort from breast compression causes some women to delay their mammography appointment. While it’s hard to love getting a mammogram, there are five good reasons for them: 1. Mammography has helped reduce US breast cancer mortality by nearly a third since 1990. 2. Of all the years of life saved by mammography, 40 percent are… Read more »

Are Airport X-Rays Scanners Safe?

Officials at the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) were mistaken if they thought using ionizing radiation to screen upwards of a billion travelers a year wouldn’t raise potential health concerns. Indeed, the use of airport “backscatter” X-ray scanners, which employ full-body imaging to detect banned and dangerous items, has vocal advocates on both sides of… Read more »

North Shore-LIJ Takes Steps to Reduce Radiation Risks with New Technology

Diagnostic imaging is an effective tool that can save lives. However, the higher the dose of ionizing radiation delivered at any one time, the greater the risk that a patient will face long-term damage. In addition, if a patient receives repeated doses, harm can also occur as the cumulative effect of those multiple doses over… Read more »

Low-Dose CT Scanners Become the New Standard of Care

Last year, The Joint Commission issued a sentinel alert about the radiation risks of diagnostic imaging. In 2010, a year before The Joint Commission’s warning, North Shore-LIJ Imaging Services initiated a review of all imaging equipment across the health system, looking at such factors as age and the clinical conditions for which the scanners are… Read more »