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Contrast agents, CT, MR, Contrast agent-intravenous, Economics
W. P. Flanagan1, H. Dhaliwal2, M. Browne3; 1Niskayuna, NY/US, 2Huntington, VT/US, 3Oslo/NO
The study results suggest that using polymer rather than glass can lower the environmental impact of contrast media packaging and reduce operational expenses related to disposal of contrast media packaging waste.
The lower environmental impacts of polymer bottles compared with glass bottles can be attributed to:
- lower material and manufacturing impacts partly due to their lower mass
- lower distribution impacts due to their lower mass
- lower end-of-life disposal impacts due to lower mass and lower disposal impacts
The operational advantages of polymer bottles compared to traditional glass packaging include decreased cost of waste disposal and improved workplace safety and efficiency for healthcare workers who administer contrast media to patients.