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Florida Medical Guidance Includes Comparison of Radiation Dose from Radon

by Margaret Henderson

Save More Lives: Prevent Radon-Induced Lung Cancer, a brochure published by the Radon Program of Florida Health Radon Program, is designed for medical personnel. One in five homes tested in Florida has elevated radon levels, in excess of the 4 pCi/L recommended by USEPA as an action level.

Why patients need to know about radon and how can a provider can help patients are some questions answered in the brochure. Additionally, it explains radon health effects and how radon is measured.

Comparisons of radiation exposure, Average Annual Radiation Dose per Person at 1.4 pCi/L (Picocurie per Liter), is given in a chart. For radon, the percentage is 37. The contribution from radon is compared to medical exposures, such as:

* Computed Tomography - 24%;

* Nuclear Medicine - 12%;

* Interventional Fluoroscopy - 7%; and

* Conventional Radiology - 5%.

The brochure makes two suggestions for medical professionals:

* Inform your patients by adding a question about radon on your patient history form and open the conversation: “Have you tested your home for radon?”

* Encourage your patients to test their homes for radon and mitigate if high levels are found.

For more information, contact:

Florida Health

Radon Program

800-543-8279

radon.floridahealth.gov

http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/radon/_documents/Radon%20Healthcare%20Providers.pdf