Vol. 3, 2018

Original research papers

Nuclear Medicine

ENSURING PROTECTION AND SAFETY IN THE HANDLING OF A DECEASED PERSON THAT IS KNOWN TO CONTAIN AN UNSEALED RADIOACTIVE SOURCE AS A RESULT OF MEDICAL TREATMENT - HEALTH AUTHORITY CASE STUDY

Fulger Ciupagea, Gabriela Rosca Fartat, Marina Anghene, Nuta Niculaie, Anca Zamfirescu, Cristina Petroiu, Costin Ghioca

Pages: 166–168

DOI: 10.21175/RadProc.2018.36

Radioactive sources used for therapy can cause very serious exposures if they are mislaid or misused. The aim of this paper is to present the measures taken in order to ensure the radiation protection in the handling of a deceased person containing I-131. The prominent pathways of exposure for occupational exposed personnel, medical exposure (family, friends) and public exposure (third person e.q. (the mortuary car driver, priest) were assessed. According to these specific conditions, the time after which the body can be taken over by the family was calculated and the doses in the handling of the deceased person, embalming, transport and burial ceremony were evaluated for each category of people. Also, the compliance with national legislation and European recommendations is discussed.
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