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Volume 9, Number 2, 2004

Assurance of radiological quality protection in surgical procedures

Anna Żórawska, Aldona Kowalska, Janusz Słuszniak, Jacek Sygut, Stanisław Góźdź, Jacek Niziołek, Marek Jurkiewicz


At the Hollycross Cancer Center in Kielce thyroid procedures are performed with the application of radioisotope I131 and intraoperative gammaradioactive detectors. This procedure involves exposure to a radioactive isotope and is based (according to the “Atomic Law”, chapter 2, and art. 4) on the administration of a radioactive substance to the patient to obtain a medical diagnosis or treatment. According to this Law permission is needed to ensure radiological safety and protection.Surgical procedures with the use of a radioactive marker is a process of co consisting of several stages, which involves the staff from different departments. The process begins at the moment of administration of a radioactive marker at the Unit of Diagnosis and Radioiodine Treatment of the Endocrinology Department. Then the patient is transferred to the Operating Theatre where surgical procedures are carried out. The whole process ends at the Department of Surgical Pathology. There the biological material is examined. Because of the many participants in the whole process it was necessary to define the course, tasks and responsibility of each person, so that it would run properly according to the rules of radiological protection and the system of quality management introduced at the Hollycross Cancer Center.

Signature: Rep Pract Oncol Radiother, 2004; 9(2) : 51-54


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