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Establishing Radiation Protection Strategies in Uruguay: National Workshop on Medical Exposure

The Director of the IAEA’s Division for Latin America and the Caribbean, Luis Longoria, attended the closure of the workshop, accompanied by the Director of the Pasteur Hospital, Loreley Martínez, an international expert on radiophysics. (Photo: IAEA)

Participants at a national workshop in Uruguay on Radiological Protection in Non-Cardiological Interventions made an important step towards improving the protection of patients and workers in radiotherapy and interventional procedures.

Held on 19 October, the workshop took place in the hall of the Pasteur Hospital at the city of Montevideo, Uruguay, within the framework of an IAEA national technical cooperation project[1]. A total of 62 professionals, including technologists and medical students, attended presentations and practical exercises on topics such as medical exposure with regards to the new IAEA international safety standards; dose and optimization in interventional procedures; prevention of radio injuries; and recommended good practices.

The Director of the IAEA’s Division for Latin America and the Caribbean, Luis Longoria, attended the closure of the workshop, accompanied by the Director of the Pasteur Hospital, Loreley Martínez, an international expert on radiophysics. Francisco Rosales, Asadur Tchekmedyian of the gastroenterology department of the Pasteur Hospital, Alejandro Nader, representing the National Regulatory Authority in Radioprotection of Uruguay, as well as Humberto Piano the national liaison officer with the IAEA, also attended.

Certificates of attendance were delivered to the participants attending the national workshop, which marks the completion of the national TC project. The project has made an important contribution to the establishment of national radiation protection strategies in line with the national regulations and the International Safety Standards. Measures for improved radiation protection of patients and workers involved in radiotherapy and interventional procedures (both cardiological and non-cardiological) are now in place, and participating medical institutions have enhanced their capabilities due to optimization programmes for the application of good practices in interventional procedures. Radiotherapy stakeholders also completed a safety assessment, including risk matrix analysis, as part of the project.

The project achievements were made possible with the support of Uruguay’s National Regulatory Authority and other stakeholders, including the Ministry of Health, the Faculty of Medicine of the National University, and professional cardiology, endoscopy, gastroenterology and radiotherapy societies.

The project was implemented in the Interventional and Hemodynamic Department of the University Hospital and the Woman’s Cancer Hospital Pereira Rosell, but aims to achieve a wider national impact.

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[1] URU9009: ‘Strengthening Technical Capabilities to Establish Safety Requirements for Medical Exposure at the End Users Level’

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