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Radionuclide calibrator comparisons and quality improvement in nuclear medicine.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17855099     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The traceability of activity measurements performed during the development phase of the radiopharmaceutical and in its clinical application is essential for establishing the comparability of clinical results reported in the nuclear medicine field. This paper presents and discusses the evaluation over time of the quality of activity measurement results obtained in Cuban nuclear medicine, on the basis of statistical samples taken during the radionuclide calibrator comparison program. An attempt is also made to evaluate the role played by such comparisons in quality measurement improvement in nuclear medicine, on the basis of results obtained in a number of countries and published by several authors over a period of time. Specifically, improvements of the measurement performance over time assessed by such exercises were found dissimilar in magnitudes for different countries. Two phases could be distinguished in the improvement process over time. Firstly, a fast improvement can be obtained resulting from the improvement in measurement accuracy of devices. After that, the achievement of new and sustained improvements goes slowly and requires an application of quality assurance programs where the qualification upgrading of personnel become an essential point.
P Oropesa; M J Woods; V Olsovcová; J A dos Santos
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2007-07-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  Applied radiation and isotopes : including data, instrumentation and methods for use in agriculture, industry and medicine     Volume:  66     ISSN:  0969-8043     ISO Abbreviation:  Appl Radiat Isot     Publication Date:  2008 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-01-28     Completed Date:  2008-05-01     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9306253     Medline TA:  Appl Radiat Isot     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  353-61     Citation Subset:  IM    
Centro de Isótopos, PO Box 3415, San José de las Lajas, Habana, Cuba.
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MeSH Terms
Nuclear Medicine / standards*
Radioisotopes / standards*
Radiopharmaceuticals / standards*
Reproducibility of Results
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Radioisotopes; 0/Radiopharmaceuticals

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