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Title: Radiation exposure to sonographers from nuclear medicine patients: A review.
Austin Authors: Earl, Victoria J;Badawy, Mohamed Khaldoun
Affiliation: Department of Medical Physics, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
School of Science, RMIT, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
School of Health & Biomedical Sciences, RMIT, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Monash Imaging, Monash Health, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: Jun-2018 2018-02-25
Publication information: Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology 2018; 62(3): 289-298
Abstract: Following nuclear medicine scans a patient can be a source of radiation exposure to the hospital staff, including sonographers. Sonographers are not routinely monitored for occupational radiation exposure as they do not commonly interact with radioactive patients or other sources of ionizing radiation. This review aims to find evidence relating to the risk and amount of radiation the sonographer is exposed to from nuclear medicine patients. It is established in the literature that the radiation exposure to the sonographer following diagnostic nuclear medicine studies is low and consequently the risk is not significant. Nevertheless, it is paramount that basic radiation safety principles are followed to ensure any exposure to ionizing radiation is kept as low as reasonably achievable. Practical recommendations are given to assist the sonographer in radiation protection. Nuclear medicine therapy procedures may place the sonographer at higher risk and as such consultation with a Radiation Safety Officer or Medical Physicist as to the extent of exposure is recommended.
DOI: 10.1111/1754-9485.12714
ORCID: 0000-0003-4689-599X
Journal: Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology
PubMed URL: 29479850
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: nuclear medicine
radiation exposure
radiation protection
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