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Radiat Prot Dosimetry. 2019 May 1;183(3):393-396. doi: 10.1093/rpd/ncy118.

SHOULD PERSONNEL OF NUCLEAR MEDICINE DEPARTMENTS USE PERSONAL DOSIMETERS FOR EYE LENS DOSE MONITORING?

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1
Nuclear Medicine Department, Pomeranian Medical University, ul. Unii Lubelskiej 1, Szczecin, Poland.
2
Nuclear Medicine Department, Multidisciplinary Regional Hospital, ul. Dekerta 1, Gorzow Wielkopolski, Poland.

Abstract

Staff at nuclear medicine departments receive doses of ionising radiation higher than the staff of radiotherapy and radiology departments, with the exception of interventional radiologists. Due to the updated lower occupational exposure limit for the lens of the eye, we measured eye exposure in workers of the Nuclear Medicine Department, Pomeranian Medical University in Szczecin, Poland. EYE-D™ dosimeters were used for 3 months by 10 employees working with sources of ionising radiation. Personal dosimeters also measured the exposure of the whole body and hands. The 3-month dose equivalents for the lens of the eye in the employees was 0.20-0.72 mSv. Staff at NMD PMU do not require regular routine eye lens dose monitoring. Eye lens doses were well within the new annual limit of 20 mSv. Doses to the whole body may be used as an indicator of the eye lens doses in the monitored department.

PMID:
30053275
DOI:
10.1093/rpd/ncy118
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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