IAEA Technical Meeting on Preventing Unintended and Accidental Medical Exposures in Radiology

Technical Meeting on Preventing Unintended and Accidental Medical Exposures in Radiology will be held at the IAEA’s Headquarters in Vienna, Austria, from 6 to 8 March 2017.

The objective of this meeting is to provide Member States, International, Regional and National Organizations with an opportunity to exchange information and to develop a concrete action plan for strengthening prevention of unintended and accidental exposure in diagnostic radiology and image guided interventional procedures in Member States.

The International Basic Safety Standard (GSR Part 3) sets out requirements for minimizing the likelihood of unintended and accidental medical exposures and for the ensuing investigation if such exposures occur. Unintended and accidental medical exposures may occur in all imaging procedures however, more severe consequences have been documented from interventional radiology and computed tomography. Some of these radiation injuries have occurred as a result of complex procedures performed in accordance with the imaging protocol however, most cases have been associated with unnecessary and extreme exposure conditions, occurrence of which can be avoided and their severity can be substantially reduced by optimization. There are many other events that also require investigation and actions, e.g. exposure of the wrong patient or the wrong body part, radiological procedure that did not go according to plan and resulting in exposure substantially greater than was intended, as well as inadvertent exposure of the embryo or foetus in the course of a radiological procedure performed during an unknown pregnancy.

Lessons identified from events that have occurred should be used for preventing or minimizing unintended and accidental medical exposures. Dissemination of information about unintended and accidental medical exposures and radiation injuries has greatly contributed to increasing awareness worldwide of methods for avoiding radiation injuries. The implementation of voluntary and anonymous safety reporting and learning systems significantly contribute to improving safety and safety culture in health care. One such database for image guided interventional procedures is the reporting system on Safety in Radiological Procedures (SAFRAD) established by the IAEA.

The meeting will be held in English.
Member States are invited to nominate one or more participants for this meeting. For further information, please get in touch with the Scientific Secretary.

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