Current issues and actions in radiation protection of patients.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Medical application of ionizing radiation is a massive and increasing activity globally. While the use of ionizing radiation in medicine brings tremendous benefits to the global population, the associated risks due to stochastic and deterministic effects make it necessary to protect patients from potential harm. Current issues in radiation protection of patients include not only the rapidly increasing collective dose to the global population from medical exposure, but also that a substantial percentage of diagnostic imaging examinations are unnecessary, and the cumulative dose to individuals from medical exposure is growing. In addition to this, continued reports on deterministic injuries from safety related events in the medical use of ionizing radiation are raising awareness on the necessity for accident prevention measures. The International Atomic Energy Agency is engaged in several activities to reverse the negative trends of these current issues, including improvement of the justification process, the tracking of radiation history of individual patients, shared learning of safety significant events, and the use of comprehensive quality audits in the clinical environment.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Holmberg, O; Malone, J; Rehani, M; McLean, D; Czarwinski, R

Published Date

  • October 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 76 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 15 - 19

PubMed ID

  • 20638809

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1872-7727

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.ejrad.2010.06.033


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Ireland