Full Title: Low-Dose Radiation: Agency Leadership and Collaboration Are Needed to Set the Direction of Future Research
Author(s): U.S. Government Accountability Office
Publisher(s): U.S. Government Accountability Office
Publication Date: December 12, 2023
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Ionizing radiation comes from both natural sources and medical, commercial, and industrial activities. Prior research has not clearly identified how low doses of such radiation affect the health of millions of people exposed in various settings. The 2022 National Academies report found that a coordinated, multidisciplinary low-dose radiation research program could enable a better assessment of current risk estimates.
Congress included a provision in statute for GAO to review the activities of DOE’s low-dose radiation research program. This report addresses the extent to which DOE and selected agencies have efforts that can help address the findings and recommendations of the National Academies report and DOE has developed a plan for addressing the findings and implementing the recommendations of the report.