Application of ionising radiation in healthcare (old)

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Application of ionising radiation in healthcare is basic and routine in contemporary medicine. Benefits to patients from such application have been established beyond doubt (ICRP Publication 105 Radiological Protection in Medicine). It is difficult to imagine a healthcare system without modern diagnostic imaging and image-guided interventional procedures. A survey of policy leaders in internal medicine rated computed tomography (CT) imaging as one of the main healthcare innovations in the 20th century (Fuchs and Sox, 2001). The applications of ionizing radiation in healthcare are grouped as following:

1.1 Diagnostic radiology
1.2 Interventional procedures
1.3 Radiation therapy
1.4 Nuclear medicine
1.5 Biomedical research
1.6 Veterinary medicine

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Fuchs, V.R., Sox, H.C., 2001. Physicians' views of the relative importance of thirty medical innovations. J. Health Aff. 20, 30–42.