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Second MADEIRA training course

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Radiation protection in nuclear medicine

17-20 November, 2009

Radiation protection is an important subject at nuclear medicine departments with regard to the use of unsealed (open) radionuclide sources for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. It is important to make sure that the radiation dose to the patients as well as to staff members is kept As Low As Reasonable Achievable (ALARA). In the last few years, PET-imaging has been more and more common, and the number of cyclotrons for production of PET radionuclides is increasing. There is a sudden appearance of multimodal PET/CT and SPECT/CT scanners, new radiopharmaceuticals for targeted radionuclide therapy are introduced, radiotracers are more and more used in surgical practices like identification of lymph node involvement at breast cancer and colon cancer, etc. The staff will be exposed to radiation during production, labelling, transport, injection and when being close to the patients. The use of PET substances with higher photon energy than the previously used radionuclides has increased in the latest years. This causes a need for new planning of radiation protection and education of all categories of staff members. This course is the second course of three arranged by the MADEIRA (Minimizing Activities and Doses by Enhancing Image quality in Radiopharmaceutical Administration) project, cofunded by the European Commission through EURATOM Seventh Framework Programme. The course is aimed for medical physicists, technicians, physicians in nuclear medicine and radiology, radiochemists,engineers, PhD-students, radiation protection experts and others involved in nuclear medicine, radionuclide production and radiation protection and will include:

  • Detectors and dosemeters for radiation protection
  • Radiobiology
  • Calculations of radiation doses to patients
  • Radiation doses to staff, measurements and calculations
  • Shielding calculations
  • Practical excersices on shielding, decontamination, radiation dose calculations
  • Guided visit to Nuclear Medicine Departments at three different hospitals
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Course Secreteriat

Radiation Protection in Nuclear Medicine 
Medical Radiation Physics
Skåne Univeristy Hospital Malmö
SE-205 02 Malmö, Sweden
Phone: +46 40 33 86 57
Fax: +46 40 96 31 85
E-mail: helena.uusijarvi@med.lu.se