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X-Rays and Unshielded Infants - article from the New York Times


This New York Times article outlines concerns about neonatal x-ray overexposure in a Medical Center in Brooklyn.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/28/health/28radiation.html?_r=1&emc=tnt&tntemail1=y

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Featured Paper - Radiation Protection in Australasia Vol 27, No 2

Interpretation of biological dosimetry of New Zealand sailors by Wahab et al.

Peter Noel Johnston, Peter Anthony Burns, Stephen Bruce Solomon,
Richard Allan (Rick) Tinker, Jordan Steven Lock

Abstract
Wahab et al, (2008) recently published a study using biological dosimetry to estimate doses to New Zealand sailors who were present at the British Grapple Tests in the Pacific 1957-1958. They conclude that elevated translocation frequencies are most likely due to radiation exposure at those tests and doses have been estimated. This assessment of the study by Wahab et al. shows the work has numerous flaws, ignores measured dose information from the test period and the interpretation that sailors were exposed to high radiation doses cannot be sustained by the available data.

Keywords: atmospheric testing, dosimetry, cytogenetics, fallout

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Concerns raised over dental cone beam imaging


Another informative article from the NY Times, this time in relation to cone beam CT scans performed in dental suites can be accessed here.

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Iodine 131 patient management

In the US, patients who have been administered Iodine 131 are free to leave hospital while they are still quite 'hot'. This policy of the NRC, which dates back to 1997, is now being brought into question. Read more about it in this New York Times article here.

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Tributes to Ray de Groot

The following tributes and reminiscences have been submitted in memory of Ray de Groot.
 
Ron Rubendra:
“I met Ray nearly 20 years ago as a junior oncology physicist (with a few years’ health physics experience) when I presented a paper on the radiation safety around a ‘new’ HDR brachytherapy unit in Queensland at a conference in Melbourne – Ray recognised my stage nervousness and gave me some sage advice on how to overcome it. He and Liz were also very down to earth and easy to talk to (even to new young folk like myself). As Brad [Cassels] would agree, he was able to easily relate to people from all aspects of the RP field and put people at ease in conversation – he will be sorely missed.”
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Passing of Ray de Groot

ARPS Honorary Fellow Ray de Groot passed away Wednesday 25th August, 2010. Our condolences to his family and friends.
 
The following brief thoughts have been provided by Dr Brad Cassels, Health Protection Branch, Department of Health, Melbourne.
 
Ray was a good age, but spent the last few years of his life in a nursing home with the usual maladies of old age. I last visited him around 12 months ago and he still had a razor sharp wit and was actively encouraging a further supply of good malted scotch.
 
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CT scanners leave their mark

The New York Times has another article about poor radiation safety in medicine, and this time CT scanners are on their radar.

Its no wonder, given the amount of radiation these people must have had for hair loss to occur...

You can read the full article by clicking here.

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Indian man dies from radiation exposure

Further to the story regarding the Co60 source turning up in a scrap metal yard in India, one of 7 people hospitalised due to radiation exposure has now died.

Further details appear in this New York Times article available here.

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