Volume 50, Number 2, Avril-Juin 2015
|Page(s)||141 - 144|
|Published online||16 February 2015|
Assessing the need for a routine monitoring program in three Nuclear Medicine centers in Chile
Department of Physics, Universidad de La
Frontera, Av. Francisco Salazar N°
Accepted: 24 November 2014
The workers performing different activities with radionuclides in nuclear medicine centers are at potential risk of external exposure and internal contamination. The IAEA Safety Guide N° RS-G-1.2 proposed criteria for determining the need for a routine monitoring program to assess internal contamination. For this purpose, an Excel template containing the IAEA criteria was applied in three nuclear medicine centers in Chile. The results show that it is necessary to carry out a routine monitoring program for five workers who handle 131I and three for 99mTc. We propose to implement this template at a national level in order to improve the conditions of radiation protection in the participating centers.
Key words: nuclear medicine / occupationally exposed worker / internal contamination / routine monitoring program
© EDP Sciences, 2015
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