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Philadelphia Inquirer article on “Scientists study using low-dose radiation” – radon.gal@gmail.com – Gmail

Philadelphia Inquirer article on “Scientists study using low-dose radiation” – radon.gal@gmail.com – Gmail.

Response by Mohan Doss – used with permission:

Mohan Doss

Sep 9 (1 day ago)

to Patricia
Dear Pat,
FYI: Recently a reporter from our local newspaper Philadelphia Inquirer interviewed me over phone for about an hour talking about my work in the area of low dose radiation.   I was somewhat apprehensive about what may be in the article she was about to write, as I have observed sometimes that such articles in popular media have inaccuracies that detract from the story.Her article appeared yesterday in the newspaper with the title “Scientists study using low-dose radiation” available at the link: http://articles.philly.com/2013-09-08/news/41876116_1_radiation-exposure-low-dose-radiation-ionizing-radiation.  Though the article has a few technical inaccuracies in details, it is indeed correct in the overall message it conveys about the current state of the art in this area, in my opinion.  The conclusion of the article regarding low dose radiation is ambiguous and unclear because of dismissive statements of “experts”, not data.  Certainly the overall message is more realistic than the usual ones appearing in popular media about the risk of cancer from low dose radiation, e.g. from CT scans.  Hence, I am pleased with the article, though I would have phrased it somewhat differently.
With best regards,
Mohan–
Mohan Doss, Ph.D., MCCPM
Medical Physicist,
Associate Professor, Diagnostic Imaging,
Fox Chase Cancer Center, R427
333 Cottman Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19111-2497.
Phone: 215 214-1707
Fax:   215 728-4755
E-mail:  Mohan.Doss@fccc.edu

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