The Joint Commission last month issued a Sentinel Event Alert recommending that health care providers take steps to reduce patient exposure to radiation from diagnostic imaging. "Although there is still debate about how much is too much radiation, and the timeframe within which radiation can be safely administered, the recommendations in this alert give health care organizations practical strategies to make sure that patients get the right diagnostic imaging tests with the lowest dose of radiation needed to make a diagnosis," said Joint Commission President Mark Chassin, M.D.

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