PET/CT combines the diagnostic benefits of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Computed Tomography (CT) equipment,
but could also result to potentially higher radiation exposure of personnel.
Training of personnel on radiation protection in PET/CT departments is of great importance.
The aim of this four-year study is to investigate the effect of training on personnel radiation exposure under the scope of occupational health and safety in PET/CT departments.
In the present investigation,
trainings have been applied in five different facilities namely Sisli Hamidiye Etfal Education and...
Description of activity and work performed
Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) dosimeter badges (Epsilon Landauer) were used to estimate personnel whole body radiation exposure.
The personnel from five PET/CT departments underwent a minimum of 16 hours of occupational health and safety training each year.
In the first year,
training took place every month,
in the second year every four months and in the third year every six months.
Conclusion and recommendations
First year whole body radiation exposure data are considered baseline.
At the end of the second year,
a decrease of 28.8% in personnel radiation exposure was recorded.
At the end of the third year,
further 23.1% decrease was recorded (See Figure 1).
On the other hand,
total recorded dose according to investigated hospitals has been presented in Figure 2.
It can be clearly seen that,
dose reduction was reduced not only in the average technician dose but also in the total recorded dose.The evaluation of...
CAVLI - Affidea Istanbul / TR
Tekin - Uskudar University Istanbul / Turkey
Pekar - Affidea Istanbul / TR
Simsek -Affidea Istanbul / TR
Katsari - Affidea Budapest / HU
Papachristtodoulou - Affidea Budapest / TR
Parakevopolou -Affidea Budapest / TR
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