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Mistakes in radiation treatments can be dire

A report by Walt Bogdanich of The New  York Times looks at the risks associated with radiation treatments.  Advancements in how radiation is administered have made it a more effective treatment.  "The Times found that while this new technology allows doctors to more accurately attack tumors and reduce certain mistakes, its complexity has created new avenues for error — through software flaws, faulty programming, poor safety procedures or inadequate staffing and training. When those errors occur, they can be crippling."

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