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The North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC) 2016

The North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC) 2016

NAVC 2016

NAVC 2016

It was an amazing time at NAVC 2016! Not only did we meet many future and current customers, we were able to challenge veterinary staff on the need for proper use of wearing dosimeter badges.  The one thing that really surprised us was the lack of knowledge of staff and even hearing some techs tell us that they do not always wear a thyroid collar and/or their radiation detection badge.

Remember when working with radiation, you must consider:

Time-limit the radiation dose by minimizing the time that is directly proportional to the time spent in the radiation; have your techs work on a rotation basis

Distance-increasing distance from the source of radiation will reduce the amount of radiation received; further away the better!

Shielding-know what your office is constructed from; lead and concrete are the most commonly used radiation shielding materials

Oil Industry and Radiation Exposure

Oil Industry and Radiation Exposure

 Petroleum and oil exploration have usually been associated with the bi-product of combustion contaminants and greenhouse gases such as CO2, but a little known fact is that petroleum exploration can expose many of the workers to radiation. The oil industry has serious potential issues with radiation, particularly regarding the workers’ exposure and even when the risk is confined to oil camps and oil processing facilities. The exposure to potential radiation may include people in the camps who live near oil exploration and processing facilities.

The source of radiation in the oil industry is regarded to NORM materials (Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials) usually present on small amounts of the Earth’s cortex. NORM materials are responsible for part of the natural background radiation. One of the most common minerals conforming the NORM materials is radium, a radioactive mineral extensively present in petroleum fields.

On the other hand, the oil industry makes extensive use of both open and closed sources of radiation on all the activities such as non-destructive testing/radiography testing of pipes, use of radioactive source instruments for level indication, density measurement, etc. It is clear that both the oil and gas industry as well petroleum based chemicals involve a real risk of exposure to ionizing radiation coming from both natural and manmade sources; therefore, it should be a priority to take proper actions in order to avoid not only environmental contamination but also personnel exposure to hazardous levels of radiation[1].

Is every worker of the oil and gas industry exposed to the same risk?

Even when working on NORM contamination areas, oil workers are considered to be in the same category as the general public. This means that that they are exposed to radiation less than 1 mSv/year[2]. Duties that include pipe inspection and wireline activities will most likely require training and the wearing of radiation monitoring badges due to the increased risk of being exposed to radioactive materials.[3].

Despite the real risk of exposure, petroleum workers are divided on two main categories: those exposed to high NORM materials (natural source) where a radiation badge is recommended but not mandatory. Obviously those working with manmade radiation sources should always be badged and monitored. According to current regulations, the use of radiation badges is not mandatory for most workers in the oil industry. Individuals concerned about his or her safety regarding radiation exposure should consider wearing a radiation monitoring badge as a way to measure the exposure to ionizing radiation.

Protecting both the employees’ health and future litigation towards the company, radiation badges can offer a solution for both issues. While maintaining lifetime records for employees can deter frivolous lawsuits, it can also show whether or not there are real dangers to the employees. Oil and gas workers that follow ALARA practices and use proper dosimeter badges are taking appropriate measures to prevent exposure to radiation. Visit www.med-pro.net to order your radiation detection badges.

[1] http://aihce2015.org/course/radiation-safety-in-the-oil-and-gas-industry/

[2] https://www.nde-ed.org/EducationResources/CommunityCollege/RadiationSafety/safe_use/exposure.htm

[3] http://www.normsolutions.com/norm-solutions/

Flight Crew & Frequent Flier Radiation Exposure

Flight Crew & Frequent Flier Radiation Exposure

 Flight Crew & Frequent Flier Radiation Exposure is a topic that needs to be reviewed by the public and private sectors. When thinking about radiation exposure the most common image is the one of a health care worker, personnel of a nuclear facility or perhaps people on activities related to mining, particularly uranium. Seldom do we think about exposure to ionizing radiation when flying. Nowadays the most common source of exposure to radiation is manmade.

Since the beginning of time, human beings have been exposed to natural sources of ionizing radiation. Our planet is constantly being exposed to radiation; the atmosphere is constantly bombarded by cosmic rays while on the cortex of the earth there are several radioactive minerals. These along with other sources contribute to background radiation, which is a natural phenomenon. Everyone on the planet absorbs background radiation and the calculated average exposure of a human being is about 1.5 – 2.0 millisieverts/year.[1]

The atmosphere serves a type of shield against cosmic radiation, thus only a fraction of the total amount of the cosmic rays ever reach Earth. When we take a plane and move 30,000 feet over the sea level, we are on a place where the atmosphere is much more thinner and the exposure to cosmic radiation is higher (the shield is thinner). Your typical occasional traveller should have nothing to fear, as the amount of radiation absorbed is minimal. The real question that is being asked by some in the airline industry is in relation to exposure of radiation for frequent fliers and flight crews. Now, we are NOT saying that frequent fliers and flight crews have more of a chance of being diagnosed with cancer or other affects of radiation. What we can say is med-pro.net has many pilots/flight crews that have been using our radiation detection devices to measure the cumulative amounts of radiation.

Men and women working as pilots, flight attendants and other air crew positions spend a lot of time above 10,000 feet, thus the exposure to gamma rays and other ionizing radiation may be higher than usual, in fact it is around 1-10 Ms/year, which means they are half way to the (20 mSv/year)[2] benchmark. The FAA has developed a program called CARI that can be downloaded for free at CARI-6.. According to the website, the CARI-6 calculates the “effective dose of galactic cosmic radiation received by an individual (based on an anthropomorphic phantom) on an aircraft flying the shortest route (a geodesic) between any two airports in the world. The program takes into account changes in altitude and geographic location during the course of a flight, as derived from the flight profile entered by the user”. What the program does not take into consideration is the possibility of solar flares, storms, and radioactive payloads.

Several public studies have been developed to evaluate the health risks of civil aviation crews due to chronic, low dose radiation exposure. Although some results seem to be contradictory, the overall data suggests there may be an increased risk of cancer for this group. If this is the case, there’s still an unanswered question “if there is an increase of cancer, can it be related to radiation exposure?”

Current knowledge about occupational risks of flight crews does not allow us to state that increased radiation exposure is the cause of cancer. There may be other associated risk factors such as exposure to chemicals and a disruption of sleep patterns. We believe further investigation and study is necessary regarding the health of frequent fliers and aircrews. In 1994 the FAA designated pilots and flight attendants as officially being classed as “radiation workers”. As mentioned, flight crews regularly working on high-latitude flights are exposed to more radiation than workers in nuclear power plants. Should airlines require measuring the radiation exposure of their flight crews?

Present regulations do not require personal radiation monitoring for flight crews. However, radiation detection badges (TLD or film badges) might be a useful tool in helping monitor cumulative exposure. We are also advocating that collective longitudinal studies to determine what affects radiation, sleep depravation and other factors that may put flight crews and frequent fliers at risk should be considered.

Next time you need to catch a plane, don’t worry! Your own exposition to radiation coming from the outer space will be only 0,16 mSv for each hour of flight, which means you should absolutely be fine! If you are a frequent flyer or a crew member, perhaps it is time to learn a little bit more about radiation detection and related risks when flying. Email us at sales@med-pro.net if you are considering using a radiation detection badge. To purchase our radiation detection service for only $64.00 a year go to Order Now.

Use this tool produced by Los Alamos National Laboratory to understand your radiation exposure http://environweb.lanl.gov/newnet/info/dosecalc.aspx

[1] http://www.ansto.gov.au/NuclearFacts/AboutNuclearScience/NaturalBackgroundRadiation/index.htm

[2] http://www.clarku.edu/mtafund/prodlib/clark/round6/Ionizing_Radiation.pdf page 113, title 9.

10 Commandments of Dosimeter Use

Radiation Badges

Radiation Badges

Do’s and Dont’s of Dosimeter Use:

1. DO WEAR IT when working. Of what value is it if it is in a locker or purse?
2. DON’T WEAR IT when you are receiving X-rays for your own personal health care.
3. DON’T WEAR IT away from the workplace.
4. DON’T WEAR IT under your apron (unless using more than one dosimeter).
5. DO TURN IT IN promptly. Time gaps make analysis more difficult, less accurate, and reduces the legal and historical value of the reports.
6. DO REPORT A LOST/DAMAGED unit immediately (sunshine/heat, the washer, etc.). Prevent damage by not leaving your monitor in areas of high temperature.
7. DO PLACE the control in a radiation-safe area; this affects the accuracy of all dosimeters!
8. DON’T PLACE one in an area for testing (operator booth, receptionist’s desk, etc.). Additional badges for testing can be assigned and provided by the service.
9. DON’T SHARE one; this is illegal. An exposure total for a shared dosimeter is meaningless to each individual.
10. DON’T TAMPER with your badge or anyone else’s. The reports are legal documents and are regarded as real exposures received.

Reference  http://www.doh.wa.gov

Med-Pro, Inc. Disrupting the Radiation Detection Market!

Radiation TLD Badge

Radiation TLD Badge

Med-Pro, Inc. Disrupting the Radiation Detection Market! Our retention rates are among the highest in the industry. How is this possible? Med-Pro, Inc. has not raised prices on radiation detection badges, rings or bracelets in over three years. While keeping our price low, we have also been able to maintain our high level of customer care.   A majority of our business growth comes from companies and practices who are tired of  price increases, poor customer service or hidden fee’s.

Sign up today and find out what others have discovered, Med-Pro, Inc. is disrupting the radiation detection market!

Med-Pro, Inc Your Radiation Badge Service

Why use Med-Pro, Inc as your radiation badge service provider?

1. We have made radiation monitoring simple. Our x-ray badge reporting service is simple to use. Our “My Account” provided by our lab RDC provides a simple solution to add, subtract and read reports via the internet 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. And it’s free!

2. We offer the lowest prices for passive dosimetry monitoring. Med-Pro, Inc. has the most competitive pricing in the industry by working hard with our staff to keep our overhead low. While other radiation monitoring companies “mark up” the costs dramatically, we have been been able to offer the same service as a fraction of the cost. Med-Pro, Inc. has contracted with the world’s largest all-Panasonic lab and ranks high in customer satisfaction.

3. Med-Pro, Inc. does not require any long term contracts and we have no hidden fee’s. Many of our customers are surprised that Med-Pro, Inc. offers one free control dosimeter with every order, does not charge to view reports and the user can make additions or deletions free of charge.

4. Med-Pro, Inc. has made a commitment to care for our environment and go paperless whenever possible. WE ARE GREEN!

No Hidden Fee’s With Med-Pro, Inc. Radiation Monitoring

What should my practice expect from Med-Pro, Inc?

Change users with no fee
Comprehensive reports available online with your exposure history automatically updated
Badges sent automatically
No account maintenance or set-up fees
Free Control badges with every shipment
Automatic renewal

Med-Pro, Inc. offers personalized X-ray badges and uses state-of-the-art technology with 4 elements to measure exposure at 3 tissue levels and include report from an NVLAP/ISO accredited laboratory.

90% Retention Rate

90% Retention Rate for radiation monitoring

Med-Pro, Inc has attained a 90% retention rate over in all sectors of service over the last year. The sectors we serve include medical, government, purchasing organizations and industrial clients. Med-Pro, Inc’s great pricing , ease of signing up and our knowledgable staff have made the difference. Call 1(800) 697-1517 and speak to one of our representatives that will take the time needed to explain our service and answer your dosimetry badge  questions. Sign up today and find out what others have already discovered. www.med-pro.net

Expanded Imaging Standards Being Proposed

Joint Commission seeks to expand imaging standards

By Wayne Forrest, AuntMinnie.com staff writer

August 15, 2013 — The U.S. Joint Commission has proposed more-stringent requirements in the ambulatory care, critical access hospital, and hospital accreditation programs for facilities that provide CT, MRI, nuclear medicine, and PET services.

“Research has indicated that the current Joint Commission requirements need to be enhanced to address several significant quality- and safety-related issues associated with diagnostic imaging,” the commission stated in its proposed revisions.

A number of revisions have been suggested. For example, facilities that provide CT, PET, or nuclear medicine services would be required to monitor radiation exposure levels for all staff and licensed independent practitioners who routinely work with those modalities. The commission noted that the precautions are typically addressed with exposure meters, such as personal dosimetry badges.

The facilities would also be required to take “appropriate actions to keep staff radiation exposure levels below regulatory limits.”

Facilities that provide MRI services would need to restrict the access of everyone not screened by staff to an area adjacent to the MRI scanner room entrance, and also ensure that this restricted area is controlled and supervised by MRI-trained staff. In addition, signs must be posted at the entrance to the MRI scanner room that state the magnet is always on.

The newly proposed rules also mandate a shielding integrity survey of rooms where ionizing radiation will be emitted or radioactive materials will be used or stored, such as scanning and injection rooms.

 


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