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April 9, 1949

SHOE-FITTING FLUOROSCOPES

JAMA. 1949;139(15):1004-1005. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02900320034013

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Abstract

The National Shoe Retailers Association has begun to receive requests from some of its members for factual data on the use of shoe-fitting fluoroscopes and its ultimate effect. The most recent stimulus, apparently, was an attempt in New York City to force the employment of x-ray technicians to operate such machines. A hearing on the matter was held by the New York Board of Health in 1947, and restrictive rules for operation of such devices were established. Three major medical societies of New York City have condemned their use. In 1948 the American College of Radiology circulated a discussion of the dangers of fluoroscopic shoe fitting in their News Letter.

The American Standards Association in 1946 promulgated the "Safety Code for Industrial Use of X-Rays" (A. W. S. Z 5 4.1), reiterating the American acceptance of a "tolerance dose" of 0.1 r per day of general stray irradiation and setting

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