he Joint Government Relations Committee of the SNM and the American College of Nuclear Physicians. Working closely with representatives from the NRC, Siegel compiled this useful resource that covers all pertinent regulations, addresses compliance concerns and standards, and provides operating policies and procedures and "At a Glance" and summary features. "The book is intended to serve as a useful bridge between the new regulations and nuclear medicine practitioners who want to ensure continued compliance and thereby maintain the security and safe use of licensed materials in clinical and research settings," says Siegel.
The NRC released a separate guidance volume on October 20 as Consolidated Guidance About Materials Licenses: Program-Specific Guidance About Medical Use Licenses (NUREG-1556, Volume 9; available at www.nrc.gov). This guidance is intended to outline one means of acceptable compliance but is not intended to be the only means of satisfying the new requirements. Because most nuclear medicine departments do not have the resources to develop custom operating procedures, the NRC guidance is often followed. The SNM volume offers, for the first time, alternate guidance devised by nuclear medicine professionals specifically for the needs of nuclear medicine departments. "We believed that it was important to create guidance that directly addressed the detailed information that diagnostic nuclear medicine professionals would need to know in practicing under the new regulations," says Siegel. The SNM book includes chapters on training and experience, the license application process, license amendment and renewal, and a detailed chapter that offers a point-by-point guide to setting up and implementing an effective radiation protection program.
"For all diagnostic nuclear medicine practitioners, the primary and paramount focus remains on the accurate, timely, and safe diagnosis of illness and disease," says Siegel. Compliance with changing fedePage: 1 2 3 Related medicine news :1
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Society of Nuclear Medicine
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