Dr. Roger Marshall, R-Great Bend, is the First District Kansas Congressman.


Washington D.C.- Today Congressman Roger Marshall’s invoice, H.R. 4675 the Low Dose Radiation Research Act of 2017, handed by the Science, Space, and Technology Committee.

The Low Dose Radiation Research Act of 2017 will present docs and authorities businesses with concrete evidence-based analysis on the results that low-dose radiation publicity has on our inhabitants.

This laws is lengthy overdue. Currently, there may be ample knowledge that demonstrates the dangerous results that high-dose radiation has on the human physique. Yet, because it stands at this time, there are few measurements or research looking for to grasp low-dose radiation’s results. This absence of proof doesn’t give the medical neighborhood or authorities regulators the power to precisely assess and make the perfect selections for his or her sufferers.

“Every day our residents are uncovered to low-dose radiation. Throughout historical past, radiation has offered important instruments to physicians, from x-rays and CT scans to cutting-edge most cancers remedies. Yet we’ve got a restricted understanding of the well being dangers related to this publicity,” Marshall mentioned. As a health care provider, I perceive the essential worth of verified-research that helps physicians guarantee the perfect medical outcomes for sufferers. 

For instance, an grownup affected person who receives a C.T. (computed tomography) scan of their torso is uncovered to roughly three years’ price of background radiation in a single scan. While the sort of screening may be very precious to numerous Americans and infrequently replaces invasive surgical procedures, we physicians are unable to quantify the particular well being dangers related to the sort of imaging. Advances in radiation remedy have actually modified survival charges for a lot of most cancers sufferers, and saved hundreds of lives. It is essential as radiation screening will increase that our docs have a transparent understanding of the well being dangers related to this publicity.

Physicians should know the dangers of this publicity and have entry to in depth up-to-date knowledge and analysis. This invoice will present simply that, by directing the Department of Energy to begin long-term verified low dose radiation analysis and research. 

I’m proud that my colleagues voted with bipartisan assist for H.R. 4675. It is not any shock that my associates on either side of the aisle are supporting a plan that can assist docs and sufferers throughout the nation give and obtain the perfect medical care potential. I hope we are able to take swift motion to move this by the House.”

The Low Dose Radiation Research Act of 2017 has obtained assist from the Health Physics Society, the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, and main researchers from Northwestern University and Columbia University.

The Low Dose Radiation Research Act of 2017 will:

  • Direct the Department of Energy (DOE) to hold out a fundamental analysis program on low dose radiation throughout the Office of Science;
  • Direct DOE to determine ongoing scientific challenges in low dose radiation analysis and to develop a long-term fundamental analysis plan that addresses these challenges whereas leveraging the present physique of scientific information and interesting with the worldwide analysis neighborhood;
  • Direct DOE to make sure that in finishing up this program, the Office of Science consults with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Institutes of Health, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Defense, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the Department of Homeland Security;
  • Require DOE to supply Congress with a Four-year analysis plan that identifies and prioritizes fundamental analysis wants referring to low-dose radiation inside 180 days of enactment;
  • Authorize funds for low-dose radiation analysis from inside funding offered to the Biological and Environmental Research Program throughout the DOE Office of Science.

Rep. Marshall’s Low Dose Radiation Research Act passes by committee by: Elie Abi Younes published:


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