Table 12

Core Principles for the Use of Medical Ionizing Radiation for Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures

1. The examination should be conducted such that the dose received by the patient and attendant medical personnel is the smallest necessary to yield satisfactory diagnostic efficacy.
2. Diagnostic and therapeutic efficacy should not be compromised in the interest of sparing radiation dose.
3. If the study’s purpose can be achieved employing a modality that does not employ ionizing radiation, serious consideration should be given to the alternative modality.