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AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2011 Apr;196(4):756-61. doi: 10.2214/AJR.10.5956.

Fears, feelings, and facts: interactively communicating benefits and risks of medical radiation with patients.

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  • 1Department of Medical Physics, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Ave, Box 84, New York, NY 10065, USA.



As public awareness of medical radiation exposure increases, there has been heightened awareness among patients and physicians of the importance of holistic benefit-and-risk discussions in shared medical decision making.


We examine the rationale for informed consent and risk communication, draw on the literature on the psychology of radiation risk communication to increase understanding, examine methods commonly used to communicate radiation risk, and suggest strategies for improving communication about medical radiation benefits and risk.

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