Radiation Protection in Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology focuses on the professional, operational, and regulatory aspects of radiation protection. Advances in radiation medicine have resulted in new modalities and procedures, some of which have significant potential to cause serious harm. Examples include radiologic procedures that require very long fluoroscopy times, radiolabeled monoclonal antibodies, and intravascular brachytherapy.
This book summarizes evidence supporting changes in consensus recommendations, regulations, and health physics practices associated with these recent advances in radiology, nuclear medicine, and radiation oncology. It supports intelligent and practical methods for protection of personnel, the public, and patients.
The book is based on current recommendations by the International Commission on Radiological Protection and is complemented by detailed practical sections and professional discussions by the world’s leading medical and health physics professionals.
It also includes substantial information on international aspects of radiation protection, with sections covering Africa, Asia and Oceania, the European Union, the Middle East, and North and Latin America.
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION. International Organization for Medical Physics Statement. International Radiation Protection Association Statement. THE SYSTEM OF RADIATION PROTECTION. The ICRP (International Commission on Radiological Protection) System of Radiation Protection . OVERVIEW OF MEDICAL PHYSICS (RADIATION PROTECTION IN MEDICINE). Radiation Protection in Medicine (Medical Health Physics). RADIATION PROTECTION IN DIAGNOSTIC RADIOLOGY. Radiation Protection in Diagnostic Radiology. RADIATION PROTECTION IN NUCLEAR MEDICINE. Radiation Protection in Nuclear Medicine. RADIATION PROTECTION IN RADIATION ONCOLOGY. Radiation Protection in Radiation Oncology. REGULATORY PHILOSOPHY AND CONTROL. Regulatory Structures and Issues in Africa. Regulatory Structures and Issues in Asia and Oceania. Regulatory Structures and Issues in the European Union. Regulatory Structures and Issues in the Middle East. Regulatory Structures and Issues in North America. Regulatory Structures and Issues in Latin America . ROLE OF THE INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS IN WORLDWIDE MEDICAL RADIATION PROTECTION. Role and Activities of the International Atomic Energy Agency. The World Health Organization Global Initiative on Radiation Safety in Healthcare Settings. The Medical Physicists and the International Organization for Medical Physics. The International Union for Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine. Education and Training in Radiation Protection. Medical Exposures: Adverse Consequences and Unintended Exposures. ETHICAL USE OF HUMAN SUBJECTS IN MEDICAL RESEARCH. Informed Consent in Radiation Medicine Practice and Research. GLOSSARY.
Richard J. Vetter, professor emeritus, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA
Magdalena S. Stoeva, chair, IOMP Medical Physics World Board
"…It is vital that education about medical radiation protection encompass the principles and practices of all members of the world community. Radiation Protection in Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology, a member of the CRC Series in Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, represents an important contribution to this goal. Not only does this new text cover the radiation protection aspects of the major modalities employed in diagnostics radiology and radiation oncology, it does so from the perspective of radiation protection professionals representing the six inhabited continents.
Edited by two accomplished medical physicists with international standing, the book consists of contributions from 34 professionals from the ranks of medical physics, health physics, and clinical radiology…Although intended to be a text for medical physics students, this book would be a useful reference for all types of radiation protection professionals at all career levels…While global harmonization of medical radiation protection philosophy and regulations may be a long way off, this excellent book brings us closer to that day."
—Robert E. Reiman, Ph.D, in Health Physics, September 2016
"The book presents a unique view on the subject. It is written by experts in the field—a collaboration between IOMP and IRPA. … The content and structure of the book are excellent. … The book will be a very useful reference for various specialists for many years ahead. … Throughout this book, the reader will find lots of data, tables, and diagrams. This is an excellent reference, which will be useful in all medical physics department."
—Medical Physics International, Vol. 3, 2015
"… an excellent book that contains an impressive compilation and related information in medical imaging and radiation protection. With the ever-growing need of society for medical services in diagnostic and therapeutic applications, the publication of this document