The future direction for patient radiation protection

Author(s): Colin Martin

Hospital: University of Glasgow

Reference: RAD Magazine, 49, 580, 11

Excerpt: 

Radiation has played a crucial role in medicine ever since the discovery of x-rays a hundred years ago. Today technology takes centre stage in continuing the advancement. However, any use of radiation has an associated risk. Evidence for this comes from epidemiological studies of populations exposed to high doses of radiation. Radiation protection practice has evolved based on scientific evidence from these studies and societal values and attitudes to radiation and its use. The international system of radiological protection (RP) around the globe is set out in fundamental recommendations prepared by the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP). How the recommendations should be implemented is set out in International Basic Safety Standards that feed into national legislation.

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