Department of Energy Should Lead Collaboration to Research Health Effects of Low-Dose Radiation, GAO Says

November 1, 2017 | Strategic Insights for Health System


​The Department of Energy (DOE) should lead development of an interagency collaboration to prioritize research related to the health effects of low-dose radiation, including the use of medical equipment that produces radiation, recommended the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on October 26, 2017. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has said that exposure to low-dose radiation does not cause immediate health problems but may increase a person's long-term risk for cancer. The U.S. government has spent millions of dollars on radiation research, GAO said, but unknown issues remain.

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