At a congressional hearing Friday, federal lawmakers expressed their surprise and concern at the lack of regulatory measures covering the use of medical radiation. The consensus was that the use of radiation from diagnostic imaging and radiation treatments has greatly improved the diagnosis and treatment of conditions, including cancer. Lawmakers and witnesses at the hearing, however, acknowledged that there is a need to fix the regulatory setup concerning radiation use. Parents of a patient who died from a radiation overdose called for the establishment of a national registry and database for the mandatory reporting of radiation-related medical errors.

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