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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13(4), 418; doi:10.3390/ijerph13040418

Necessity of Internal Monitoring for Nuclear Medicine Staff in a Large Specialized Chinese Hospital

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Key Laboratory of Radiological Protection and Nuclear Emergency, National Institute for Radiological Protection, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing 100088, China
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Graduate School of Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing 100088, China
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Henan Tumor Hospital, Zhengzhou 450008, China
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Academic Editor: Andrew Watterson
Received: 6 December 2015 / Revised: 17 January 2016 / Accepted: 4 March 2016 / Published: 12 April 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Occupational Safety and Related Impacts on Health and the Environment)
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This work intends to quantify the risk of internal contaminations in the nuclear medicine staff of one hospital in Henan province, China. For this purpose, the criteria proposed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to determine whether it is necessary to conduct internal individual monitoring was applied to all of the 18 nuclear medicine staff members who handled radionuclides. The activity of different radionuclides used during a whole calendar year and the protection measures adopted were collected for each staff member, and the decision as to whether nuclear medicine staff in the hospital should be subjected to internal monitoring was made on the basis of the criteria proposed by IAEA. It is concluded that for all 18 members of the nuclear medicine staff in the hospital, internal monitoring is required. Internal exposure received by nuclear medicine staff should not be ignored, and it is necessary to implement internal monitoring for nuclear medicine staff routinely. View Full-Text
Keywords: nuclear medicine; internal monitoring; necessity nuclear medicine; internal monitoring; necessity
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Wang, H.-B.; Zhang, Q.-Z.; Zhang, Z.; Hou, C.-S.; Li, W.-L.; Yang, H.; Sun, Q.-F. Necessity of Internal Monitoring for Nuclear Medicine Staff in a Large Specialized Chinese Hospital. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 418.

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