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ESTIMATION OF THE COLLECTIVE DOSE IN THE PORTUGUESE POPULATION DUE TO MEDICAL PROCEDURES IN 2010.
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PMID:  23045717     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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In a wide range of medical fields, technological advancements have led to an increase in the average collective dose in national populations worldwide. Periodic estimations of the average collective population dose due to medical exposure is, therefore of utmost importance, and is now mandatory in countries within the European Union (article 12 of EURATOM directive 97/43). Presented in this work is a report on the estimation of the collective dose in the Portuguese population due to nuclear medicine diagnostic procedures and the Top 20 diagnostic radiology examinations, which represent the 20 exams that contribute the most to the total collective dose in diagnostic radiology and interventional procedures in Europe. This work involved the collaboration of a multidisciplinary taskforce comprising representatives of all major Portuguese stakeholders (universities, research institutions, public and private healthcare providers, administrative services of the National Healthcare System, scientific and professional associations and private service providers). This allowed us to gather a comprehensive amount of data necessary for a robust estimation of the collective effective dose to the Portuguese population. The methodology used for data collection and dose estimation was based on European Commission recommendations, as this work was performed in the framework of the European wide Dose Datamed II project. This is the first study estimating the collective dose for the population in Portugal, considering such a wide national coverage and range of procedures and consisting of important baseline reference data. The taskforce intends to continue developing periodic collective dose estimations in the future. The estimated annual average effective dose for the Portuguese population was of 0.080±0.017 mSv caput(-1) for nuclear medicine exams and of 0.96±0.68 mSv caput(-1) for the Top 20 diagnostic radiology exams.
Authors:
Pedro Teles; M Carmen de Sousa; Graciano Paulo; Joana Santos; Ana Pascoal; Gabriela Cardoso; Isabel Lança; Nuno Matela; Luís Janeiro; Patrick Sousa; Pedro Carvoeiras; Rui Parafita; Ana Isabel Santos; Paula Simãozinho; Pedro Vaz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-8
Journal Detail:
Title:  Radiation protection dosimetry     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1742-3406     ISO Abbreviation:  Radiat Prot Dosimetry     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-9     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8109958     Medline TA:  Radiat Prot Dosimetry     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Instituto Superior Técnico/Instituto Tecnológico e Nuclear, Estrada Nacional 10, Sacavém 2686-953, Portugal.
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