Radiation Safety and Handling of Radiopharmaceuticals

These written protocols are extremely important. Radiation safety must be taken seriously. Every imaging facility should have a radiation safety officer and written policies on the receipt and storage of radioisotopes/radiopharmaceuticals, proper preparation and calibration of radiopharmaceuticals, proper administration of radiopharmaceuticals, disposal of the radioactive trash, and how to handle spills of radiotracer. The policies should also discuss the proper use and quality control of radiation safety equipment and techniques to reduce technologist radiation exposure.

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