Successful IAEA Technical Meeting




The Secretariat of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) recently presented its compliments to the IAEA Member States for the recently conducted Technical Meeting on Radia-tion Exposure of Patients from Recurrent Radiological Imaging Procedures. The event was held on 4th to 6th March 2019, at the IAEA Headquarters in Vienna, Austria.
 

MEFOMP members from Jordan, Qatar and United Arab Emir-ates attended the meeting, together with a group of profession-als from different countries.
 

The main objective of the technical meeting was to review exist-ing evidences on the increased cumulative radiation exposure of patients undergoing recurrent medical imaging procedures, and to establish a plan for necessary follow-up actions.
 

Published studies reported a number of chronic patients who have received a cumulative effective dose above 100 millisie-verts (mSv) over a short period of time. Though most of the data came from advanced centres in developed countries, there is a need to explore the extent of the issue, study necessary actions, and continue efforts of justification and optimization in medical imaging.
 

The Committee reviewed the existing evidence on the in-creased cumulative radiation exposure of patients undergoing recurrent medical imaging procedures, focusing on different groups of patients with chronic diseases. Current knowledge and ongoing studies on radiation effects associated with medi-cal radiation exposure were also presented.
 

Strategic plans of actions were defined to strengthen radiation protection to the mentioned groups of patients limiting medical benefits from procedures involving radiation.





              


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