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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Radiation-Emitting Products

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Radiation Safety

FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) radiation safety programs involve enforcement of mandatory requirements in addition to partnerships and voluntary programs that promote the safe use of radiation-emitting products.  The goal of these programs is to ensure that the public and professionals alike are informed of the risks posed by different types of radiation emissions and radiation-emitting products.  It is also to balance the beneficial use of radiation by ensuring that each patient receives the appropriate radiation dose using the appropriate, medically necessary imaging exam at the appropriate time. 

These programs recognize that we all have a role in promoting radiation safety, so that:

  • Manufacturers design products that are safe;
  • Users are aware of how to appropriately use radiation-emitting electronic products, and are able to understand radiation safety and protection principles;
  • Patients and consumers are aware of basic radiation risk and protection concepts and protected from hazardous or unnecessary radiation emissions; and
  • Regulators are able to collect and disseminate appropriate information and take action on this information when necessary.

This page links to several radiation safety initiatives within FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health.

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