Formed in 1985, MITA is an independent non-profit trade association that represents the interests of the medical imaging technology industry. The association provides medical imaging equipment and systems manufacturers with trade intelligence, access to policy makers, and other resources.
The color-coding system will be a simple, intuitive reminder of scanned images in which patients are exposed to large amounts of radiation, according to Yvonne Legarra Adams, MITA president and CEO.
The system will tell providers which imaging technologies to use and when to use them. The code will be on the front of the medical equipment, but providers will not have to read it to know its importance.
And, in an effort to reduce the number of CT scans, the industry has also developed the radiation dose index (radiation dose index, or RD index) service. The RD index provides radiation doses for techniques such as Cath CT. Insurance companies can use the information to communicate with patients about what they may be exposed to and how much it might cost them. It allows providers to determine if any adjustments need to be made to a scan.
In the 2011 report, the National Council of Radiological Protection & Measurements reported that the world's leading medical lab and diagnostic imaging equipment manufacturers were forced to ask their physicians to cut back on the procedures by about 7 percent. The report estimated that American physicians errantly ordered twice as many CT scans as they should have in 2011. The Council's recommendations are designed to reduce the amount of unnecessary radiation to which Americans are exposed from diagnostic imaging. d2c66b5586