Control of health risks in radiodiagnosis: a historic approach

Marcus Vinicius Teixeira Navarro Handerson Jorge Dourado Leite Josemir da Cruz Alexandrino Ediná Alves Costa About the authors

This paper presents the history of the discovery of ionizing radiation, as well as its biological effects and the resulting need to control subsequent health risks. It describes the historic evolution of risk control in radiodiagnosis in Brazil, demonstrating that it may be associated not only to the dose received, but also to errors in diagnosis and to costs to the health system. It is stressed that sanitary regulations have a broad remit of social co-responsibility to involve all the players with a view to safeguarding health.

risk control; radiodiagnosis; risks; ionizing radiation; sanitary vigilance

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