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Introduction

This report provides a summary of the presentations and discussions that took place during the December 8-9, 2011, workshop titled “Tracking Radiation Exposures from Medical Diagnostic Procedures.” The workshop was organized by the Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board of the National Academy of Sciences and was sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. To respond to its statement of task (see Appendix A), the workshop committee brought together public health regulators, physicians, manufacturers, researchers, and patients to explore “why,” “what,” and “how” to track exposure from medical diagnostic procedures and possible next steps. This six-member committee of experts appointed by the National Academy of Sciences prepared the workshop agenda (see Appendix B) and produced this workshop report. (Biographical sketches of the committee members are provided in Appendix C.) The committee met twice over the course of the study: in August 2011 to plan the workshop and in December 2011 to hold the workshop and finalize the workshop report.

This report does not contain findings, conclusions, or recommendations, and it does not represent a consensus of the workshop committee members or workshop participants. Although the workshop committee is responsible for the content of this report, any views contained in the report are not necessarily those of the committee or the National Academy of Sciences.



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1 Introduction T his report provides a summary of the presentations and discussions that took place during the December 8-9, 2011, workshop titled “Tracking Radiation Exposures from Medical Diagnostic Proce - dures.” The workshop was organized by the Nuclear and Radiation Stud- ies Board of the National Academy of Sciences and was sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Ser- vices. To respond to its statement of task (see Appendix A), the workshop committee brought together public health regulators, physicians, manufac- turers, researchers, and patients to explore “why,” “what,” and “how” to track exposure from medical diagnostic procedures and possible next steps. This six-member committee of experts appointed by the National Academy of Sciences prepared the workshop agenda (see Appendix B) and produced this workshop report. (Biographical sketches of the committee members are provided in Appendix C.) The committee met twice over the course of the study: in August 2011 to plan the workshop and in December 2011 to hold the workshop and finalize the workshop report. This report does not contain findings, conclusions, or recommenda- tions, and it does not represent a consensus of the workshop committee members or workshop participants. Although the workshop committee is responsible for the content of this report, any views contained in the report are not necessarily those of the committee or the National Academy of Sciences. 3

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4 TRACKING RADIATION EXPOSURE The report is organized into three chapters: • Chapter 1 (this chapter) provides an introduction to the workshop. • Chapter 2 contains background information intended to provide the context for this study to the reader. • Chapter 3 provides the workshop summary.