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Safety Features Planned for Radiation Machines
New York Times

Manufacturers of radiation therapy equipment said at a patient-safety conference here Wednesday that within the next two years their new equipment and the software that runs it would include fail-safe features to help reduce harmful radiation overdoses and other mistakes.

The absence of these fail-safe features contributed to the fatal radiation overdose of a New York City patient, whose death was the centerpiece of a lengthy article in The New York Times early this year that examined radiation accidents and how complex new technology contributed to those accidents.