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Visit these sites to learn about the risks and benefits of medical radiation in greater detail:


  • Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is a federal public health agency that assesses a broad range of hazardous substances including ionizing radiation given off by x-rays. The registry offers a Toxicological Profile for Ionizing Radiation that discusses topics such as: What is ionizing radiation? How does radioactive material enter and spread through the environment? How can it enter and leave my body?" Plus, many more topics.
  • American Association of Medical Dosimetrists  promotes and supports the Medical Dosimetry profession. The Medical Dosimetrist understands the clinical relevance of radiation equipment and the relevant dosages – typically for oncology radiation therapy.
  • American College of Physicians is a national organization of internists —the largest medical-specialty organization and second-largest physician group in the United States. The site includes clinical information for a broad range of medical topics, including diagnostic imaging.
  • American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) exists to advance the medical imaging and radiation therapy profession and to enhance the quality of patient care. The organization offers continuing education, research studies & surveys and other information relating to radiation safety.
  • Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) is a division of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that regulates radiation-emitting electronic products (medical and non-medical) including x-ray systems and ultrasound equipment.
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the primary federal agency setting protective limits on radioactive emissions and associated risks to public health and the environment.
  • Health Physics Society The health physicist's job is to manage the beneficial use of ionizing radiation while protecting workers and the public from potential hazards. The Health Physics Society is dedicated to making sure that health physicists have the information and capabilities to do this. The Health Physics Society also has a goal of providing information for the public to assist in the understanding of the field of the physics of radiation safety.
  • National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) supports radiation protection by providing independent scientific analysis, information, and recommendations that represent the consensus of leading scientists. The NCRP has been active in the areas of radiation protection and measurements since its inception as “The Advisory Committee on X-Ray and Radium Protection” in 1929.
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology Ionizing Radiation Division develops, maintains, and disseminates the national standards for ionizing radiation and radioactivity.
  • National Quality Forum endorses national consensus standards for measuring and publicly reporting on healthcare performance. The organization has conducted a variety of reports, projects and briefs on patient safety, including radiation safety.
  • RadiologyInfo™ discusses how various x-ray, CT, MRI, ultrasound, radiation therapy and other procedures are performed. It details over 100 radiologic procedures. It is funded by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
  • US Department of Veterans Affairs Promotes and protects the health of Veterans who have may have been exposed to ionizing radiation.
  • World Health Organization (WHO) coordinates health matters within the United Nations system and provides technical and monitoring support to countries around the world.

Education Institutions

  • American College of Radiologists (ACR): The mission of the American College of Radiologists (ACR) is to serve patients and society by maximizing the value of radiology, radiation oncology, interventional radiology, nuclear medicine and medical physics by advancing the science of radiology, improving the quality of patient care, positively influencing the socio-economics of the practice of radiology, providing continuing education for radiology and allied health professions and conducting research for the future of radiology.
  • Radiation Safety Division: This program was developed by medical researchers at Duke University. The program provides guidance and oversight to users of radiation producing devices and radioactive material at Duke University affiliated medical facilities and other facilities.
  • The Harvard University Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) provides a broad range of services to the University to promote the protection of our customers, including radiation safety.


  • Image Gently: The image gently Campaign is an initiative of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging. The campaign goal is to change practice by increasing awareness of the opportunities to lower radiation dose in the imaging of children.
  • X-Ray promotes responsible imaging through patient and provider education. Their goal is to improve the understanding of radiation risks from medical imaging. Calculate your dose and estimate cancer risk from studies including CT scans, x-rays, nuclear scans and interventional procedures.


  • The British Journal of Radiology is the official peer-reviewed monthly research journal of the British Institute of Radiology. The journal publishes original Research Papers from leading centers internationally. It also contains editorials, commentaries, review articles, case reports, short communications, pictorial reviews, letters to the editor, book reviews, and a case of the month feature.
  • European Journal of Radiology (EJR) acts as a medium for the exchange of information on the use of radiological and allied imaging, and interventional techniques. It aims to develop best practice by presenting high quality evidence-based reviews and original research.

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