FDA Radiation Reduction Program Policy Statement

The position statement recognizes that the use of low levels of radiation in nuclear medicine procedures carries some possible risk. However, if an appropriate procedure—one that can provide the physician with clinical information essential to the patient's treatment—is not performed when necessary due to fear of radiation, it can be detrimental to the patient. The society stresses that the "right test with the right dose should be given to the right patient at the right time.