In January, Amy Berrington de González, D.Phil., a senior investigator in the Radiation Epidemiology Branch, presented a lecture titled “Medical radiation and cancer risk: Assessing the price of progress” for the prestigious NIH Director’s Seminar Series.
Dr. Berrington de González began by discussing the results from a study that assessed the cancer risks after conducting computed tomography scans in a cohort of 200,000 children in the United Kingdom. She also presented risk projections for the number of future cancers in the United States that could be related to diagnostic imaging in children and adults if use continues at current levels. Finally, she discussed the need to weigh the potential benefits of medical radiation against cancer risks. She noted that when appropriate, health care providers should use imaging techniques that do not involve ionizing radiation. Michael Gottesman, M.D., NIH Deputy Director for Intramural Research, introduced Dr. Berrington de González and facilitated a question and answer session at the end of the presentation. View Dr. Berrington de González’s lecture.