Radiation Protection Series No. 14.2
Safety Guide for Radiation Protection in Nuclear Medicine (2008)
This Safety Guide is one of three guides that now currently supports the application of the Code for Radiation Protection in Medical Exposure (2019) (RPS C-5). While the Code establishes the regulatory requirements for the use of ionising radiation in medicine, this Safety Guide gives practitioners in nuclear medicine a best practice approach to their day-to-day clinical work. The Safety Guide should also assist in providing practical means to meet the mandatory requirements of the Code.
Removal of Annex J
In January 2015, Annex J - Health Effects of Ionizing Radiation and Standards for Control of Exposure, was removed from the electronic edition of RPS 14.2. For information on the health effects of ionising radiation, refer to RPS F-1 Fundamentals for Protection Against Ionising Radiation (2014).
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Radiation Protection Series 14.2 - Safety Guide - Radiation protection in Nuclear Medicine
(Annex J removed January 2015)
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Review of Safety Guides
With the continuing advancement of the use of ionising radiation in medicine, it is important that the Safety Guides be reviewed periodically. One of the goals of the Radiation Health Committee is to ensure that the highest standard of protection is made available through the implementation of the relevant Code and Safety Guides.
As a result of the release of the Code for Radiation Protection in Medical Exposure (2019) (RPS C-5), planning for a review and rewrite of the safety guides has commenced.
Radiation Health Committee statements
In November 2002, the Radiation Health Committee issued a statement on the use of units of measure in prescribing and administering nuclear medicines. The statement was issued in response to an incident involving the misadministration of a nuclear medicine dose in a NSW hospital. The full statement is available at RHC Statements.