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lab, San Carlos Hospital, Madrid
Cardiac Catheterization Lab, San Carlos Hospital, Madrid

Safety in Radiological Procedures

The IAEA has a sub-programme on Radiation Protection of Patients that operates under an International Action Plan. This is the first ever programme dedicated to radiation protection of patients started in 2001 by an international organization. A dedicated website was established in 2006 that is becoming a popular resource for credible information for health professionals, patients and public.

The website provides information on radiation safety in interventional procedures besides other areas in radiology, radiotherapy, nuclear medicine, dental radiology, pregnancy and for children. Also training material has been provided for free download for use by health professionals.

SAFRAD (SAFety in RADiological procedures) is a voluntary reporting system where patients submitted to defined trigger levels or events in fluoroscopically-guided interventional procedures are included in an international database. The primary objective of the system is educational in nature. It is believed that going through the process of SAFRAD itself results in safety. For more information about SAFRAD, click here.


Getting Started

To participate in SAFRAD data collection, please follow these 3 steps:

  1. Register in order to get an IAEA NUCLEUS account and authorization to access SAFRAD. When your registration is approved, you can access SAFRAD using the user name and password provided.
  2. Enter your hospital, department and equipment information. It is better to provide this information at this initial stage, although it is not mandatory.
  3. Report an event whenever a procedure in your department has exceeded one or more of the trigger levels or was the subject of a trigger event. These reports should be as complete as possible.
For more information please see the "How to Use" page.
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