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IAEA calls for enhanced radiation protection of patients
Date:4/29/2009

diation protection of patients include:

  • Training, knowledge sharing and capacity building in the medical use of radiation. Extensive, up-to-date training material for health professionals is freely available on the RPoP website.
  • An International Action Plan on the Radiological Protection of Patients that has been established together with leading international organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), UNSCEAR, the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) and others to identify strategies for strengthening radiation protection of patients.
  • Coordinating and managing technical cooperation projects with Member States on patient dose assessment. The aim is to identify the factors that contribute to unnecessary radiation dose to patients, provide guidance on dealing with these factors and ultimately better manage patient doses. This will eventually contribute to a world map of patient safety dose statistics.

Among the development and implementation of these activities, it is important to emphasize the International Basic Safety Standards for Protection against Ionizing Radiation and for the Safety of Radiation Sources (known as BSS). The BSS are currently being revised to accommodate recent advances in technology, and in particular the role of medical experts, professional bodies, industry and regulatory authorities.

Weighing the benefits and risks

Improved patient protection requires a multi-pronged approach including new techniques and tools to reduce rad
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Contact: IAEA Press Office
press@iaea.org
43-126-002-1273
International Atomic Energy Agency
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