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Title: Shielding commissioning factors in nuclear medicine facilities.
Austin Authors: Salehzahi, Farshid;Tse, Jason 
Affiliation: Medical Physics and Radiation Engineering - Molecular and Nuclear Medicine Physics, Canberra Hospital, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Department of Medical Physics, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: 22-Oct-2019
Date: 2019-10-22
Publication information: Journal of radiological protection : official journal of the Society for Radiological Protection 2019; 40(1): 165-180
Abstract: This article reviews the essential considerations in planning and designing nuclear medicine departments. There are four proposed categories to consider as 'shielding commissioning factors' (SCF). The first SCF: 'Patient flow optimisation and workload' emphasises the importance of carefully considering patient flow in the departmental design, which would impact the cost of the shielding and the management of radioactive patients. The second SCF: 'Equipment and space allocation' discusses the principles of space allocations in the department for cost-effective designs. The third SCF: 'Shielding calculation methods' reviews the methodologies of shielding calculations in nuclear medicine to offer a standardised approach. The fourth SCF: 'Shielding integrity' reviews the plan to inspect, eyewitness and verify shielding integrity. All discussions were supplemented by practical examples. Overall, this article aims to be a practical manual which health or medical physicists can use when providing counsels to the design committee.
DOI: 10.1088/1361-6498/ab504e
ORCID: 0000-0002-2042-5239
Journal: Journal of radiological protection : official journal of the Society for Radiological Protection
PubMed URL: 31639785
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Nuclear Medicine Equipment and Space Allocation
Nuclear Medicine Patient Flow Management
Shielding Design in Nuclear Medicine Facilities
Standardised Shielding Calculation Methods
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