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13th EAN Workshop - "ALARA and the medical sector"

ean13.jpgThe 13th EAN Workshop took place at the Oscarborg Fortress in the Oslofjord (Norway) from 7th to 10th of June 2011. It dealt with "ALARA and the medical sector".

The PowerPoint presentations are downloadable in the Workshop section. NEW:  The PPT files reporting the discussions of the Working Group are also downloadable. They are the result of the Working Group discussions. They have not been modified by the Editorial Team.

The Conclusions of the Workshop are now available

 

Survey on radon exposure management

Between September 2009 and January 2010, EAN performed a survey on the national management of radon exposure.

In total, answers from the 17 following countries were received: Armenia, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK.

The detailed results of this survey can be found in the Surveys section.

   

ALARA Newsletter 26

alaranewsletter26.jpgThe 26th issue of the EAN Newsletter has now been published and can be read in the Newsletter section. You can also download it as a PDF document.

   

The "European Medical ALARA Network (EMAN)" project

logo.pngThe EMAN project, supported by the European Commission, has been launched by the end of 2009. This project aims at establishing a sustainable European Medical ALARA Network (EMAN) where different stakeholders within the medical sector will have the opportunity to discuss and to exchange information on different topics related to the implementation of the ALARA principle in the medical field. In particular, the project includes the setup of three working group to discuss the following specific topics: “optimisation of patient and occupational exposures in CT-procedures”; “optimization of patient and occupational exposure in interventional radiology”; “radiological safety for patients and personnel un activities using X-ray equipment outside the X-ray departments”.

For more information, please visit the EMAN website: www.eman-network.eu

   

ALARA Newsletter - Special Issue 1

newsletter-special1.jpgEAN publishes the first Special Issue of the ALARA Newsletter. This Special Issue is dedicated to the 12th EAN Workshop on "ALARA Issues arising for Safety and Security of Radiation Sources and Security Screening Devices".

This Special Issue can be downloaded here as a PDF document.

   

12th EAN Workshop - Conclusions

ean12.jpgThe 12th EAN Workshop took place in Vienna (Austria) from 21st to 23rd October 2009. It dealt with "ALARA issues arising for Safety and Security of Radiation Sources and Security Screening Devices".

The full papers and PowerPoint presentations are downloadable in the Workshop section.

NEW: The Conclusions of the 12th EAN Workshop are now available in the Workshop section. The PPT files reporting the discussions of the Working Group are also downloadable. They are the result of the Working Group discussions. They have not been modified by the Editorial Team.

   

13th EAN Workshop - ALARA in the medical sector

The 13th EAN Workshop will deal with "ALARA in the medical sector". It will be held from 7th to 10th June 2011 in Norway. More information will be available in the middle of 2010 on the EAN website.
   

ALARA Newsletter - Issue 25

alaranewsletter25.jpgThe 24th issue of the EAN Newsletter has now been published and can be read in the Newsletter section. You can also download it as a PDF document.

Contents of the Issue

  • The management of the 60Co contamination in lift buttons in European countries,
  • ERPAN survey about healthy volunteers in biomedical research,
  • Analyse of a reference dosimetry error in electron therapy in Switzerland.
   

EC Scientific Seminar on "Emerging evidence for radiation indeuced circulatory diseases"

cv.jpgIn 2008, the European Commission organised its Scientific Seminar on "Emerging evidence for radiation induced circulatory diseases". Five lectures on new data from epidemiological and radiobiological studies were given by scientists actively working in the field of radiation induced circulatory diseases. More information can be found on the EC webpage.
   

New radiation protection regulation in Norway

Work in connection with revision of the basic regulation for radiation protection and use of radiation has been going on for several years, and drafts are now being circulated for comments. The former basic regulations have been split into two regulations: one for radiation protection and one for environmental prtection. The environmental regulation contains a number of nuclide-specific tables, defining various exemption and clearance levels. The revised radiation protection regulations are tightened on several points. Stricter requirements for medical screening programs are introduced, and the issue of self-referral has been addressed. Also stricter requirements for radon concentrations in school and kindergartens are suggested. Concerning non-ionising radiation, the most dramatic change refers to the introduction of 18-year limit and staffing requirements for tanning studios. Both regulations are planned to come into force from January 1st 2010.
   

Conclusions of the workshop on "Depleted uranium research: an update" (Italy, 2008)

On 17th December 2008, the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS, National Institute of Health, advisory body for the Minister of Health) organised the international workshop Depleted uranium research: an update, the sequel to a first workshop on the subject held in October 2004. The ISS's interest in this issue is due to the request made by the Minister to continue the research into the potential association between cancer incidence and exposure to DU. Indeed, in 2002 a statistically significant excess of Hodgkin's lymphoma was observed among the Italian peacekeeping forces who had been deployed in the Balkans. The workshop was an opportunity to share new scientific research result and research prspects, as well as future activity programs. Key issues were epidemiological studies on exposed personnel, studies of the biological effects of DU, and environmental and biological monitoring. The programme of the workshop, the abstracts and the slides of the presentations can be found on the ISS website.

The Workshop summary is only available in Italian, in compliance with a request of the Heath Minister to keep Italian population updated about the DU issue, but abstracts and slides are in English.

   

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