Education and training for the Radiation Safety Related to the Radiopharmaceutical

Janevik-Ivanovska, Emilija and Bhonsle, Uday and Zdraveska-Kocovska, Marina and Stojanovska, Zdenka and Duatti, Adriano and Zdravev, Zoran and Angeleska, Meri and Osso Junior, Joao Alberto and Venkatesh, Meera (2015) Education and training for the Radiation Safety Related to the Radiopharmaceutical. In: 11th Asia Oceania Congress of Nuclear Medicine and Biology; 54th Annual Autumn Meeting of the Korean Society of Nuclear Medicine; 14th Annual General Meeting of Asian Regional Cooperative Council for Nuclear Medicine, 31 Oct - 04 Nov 2015, Jeju, South Korea.

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Objectives: The importance of education and training for
the radiation safety related to the radiopharmaceuticals
became a need in all area of production and application
of radiopharmaceuticals, for clinical and research
purpose. To create the educational program and training
that include application of International Basic Safety
Standards for Protection against Ionizing Radiation and
for the Safety of Radiation Sources (BSS) together with
Good Radiopharmaceutical Practice is one of general
starting point to cover all the aspect of the application
of radiopharmaceuticals for diagnostic, both SPECT
and PET and therapeutical purpose for all practices and
Methods: To establish the program of education and
training for Good Radiation Safety Practice related to the
usage of radiopharmaceuticals is important tool for all
individuals working with radiopharmaceuticals. They
have a responsibility to take all reasonable precautions
to protect patients; to protect members of the general
public; to protect their colleagues; and most importantly to
protect themselves from unnecessary exposure to ionizing
Education and suitable training that include regular and
continuing education as an formal and not formal approach
in: Design and construction of facilitieas of production and
application of radiopharmaceuticals;
Local radiation safety rules and procedures for quality
Monitoring of the personnel and environment.
Results: All types of education and training in
national and international level must to ensure that all
radiopharmaceutical preparations and administration
procedures should be carried under well-defined and
controlled conditions. Good housekeeping is important and
all work areas should be kept clean and tidy, all radionuclide
containers must be safely stored and readily available,
adequate supplies of consumables must be available
within easy reach of staff performing radiopharmacy
work, unnecessary visits to the radiopharmacy should be
discouraged and contaminated sharp items such as needles
must be safely stored behind shielding.
Regular obligatory records should be kept of: Receipt and
disposal of radioactive materials;
All individual preparations for patient administration,
including the patient’s name, radiopharmaceutical used,
activity and date; Quality control testing of the radionuclide
calibrator and other instruments
Regular surveys (preferably weekly) of contamination
must be performed. A decontamination kit should be held
in or near the radiopharmacy.
A sensitive radiation monitor must be available at all times
in the radiopharmacy for contamination checking, not only
of surfaces, but also ofhands, clothing and disposables.
Conclusions: To have well trained competent staff who
have the necessary skills and knowledge to deal with
radioactive pharmaceutical products must be the goal of
each institution involved in production and application of
radiopharmaceuticals including its own quality assurance
programme to ensure that the products administered to
patients are of the desired quality.
This requires to develop an appropriate education
and training for the radiation safety related to the
radiopharmaceuticals as one of the vital component in the
assurance of quality of administrated radiopharmaceuticals.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Subjects: Medical and Health Sciences > Other medical sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Medical Science
Depositing User: Emilija Janevik
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2016 09:58
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2016 16:49

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