1DIAGNOSTIC NUCLEAR MEDICINE FOR PAEDIATRIC PATIENTS IN AUSTRALIA: ASSESSING THE INDIVIDUAL'S DOSE BURDEN
Marissa L Bartlett, Anna Forsythe, Zoe Brady, John D Mathews
RADIATION PROTECTION DOSIMETRY | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2018
We report data for all Australians aged 0-19 y who underwent publicly funded nuclear medicine studies between 1985 and 2005, inclusive. Radiation doses were estimated for individual patients for 95 different types of studies. There were 374 848 occasions of service for 277 511 patients with a collective effective dose of 1123 Sievert (Sv). Most services were either bone scans (45%) or renal scans (29%), with renal scans predominating at younger ages and bone scans at older ages. This pattern persisted despite a 4-fold increase in the annual number of procedures. Younger children were more likely to experience multiple scans, with the third quartile of scans per patient dropping from two to o..View full abstract
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Awarded by Australian government through the National Health and Medical Research Council
This work was supported by the Australian government through the National Health and Medical Research Council (grant number 1084197).