CTE Sessions at EANM’11

EANM’11 – Mini Course III

October 16, 2011, 17:00 – 18:00
Strategies for Minimising Radiation Exposure in Nuclear Medicine

Moderator: V. Veloso (Almada)

B. Moran (Dublin):
The Role of National Reporting Mechanisms for Radiation Incidents
B. McCoubrey (Dublin):
Practical Experiences of Risk Management in Nuclear Medicine


Educational objectives:

  1. Describe the legislative requirements for reporting radiation incidents.
  2. Discuss the role of national reporting mechanisms for incident reporting.
  3. Outline common incidents presenting in Nuclear Medicine Departments.
  4. Understand the structures for local risk management.
  5. Discuss other organisational methods for minimising radiation exposure.


This session will explore strategies for minimising radiation exposure in Nuclear Medicine with a particular emphasis on reporting radiation incidents and local risk management procedures. The first presentation will provide an overview of national reporting mechanisms for radiation incidents in Nuclear Medicine. The fundamental role of an incident reporting system is to enhance radiation safety by learning from failures in the health care system. It provides useful data from which locations can compare local practice with national averages and improve practices based on implementing actions to prevent occurrence of similar incidents. The second presentation will focus on practical experiences of risk management in Nuclear Medicine. An overview of the most common incidents presenting in Nuclear Medicine Departments will be provided. All incidents should initially be reported, reviewed, and where necessary, further investigated by an organisation’s local risk management structures. The role of other organisational methods to enhance risk management including clinical audit, quality assurance programmes, ongoing training and education of staff, reviewing and updating of procedures in line with good practice will be reviewed.

Key Words:

Radiation Protection, Reporting Radiation Incidents, Risk Management, Clinical Audit

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