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Task Group 89
Occupational Radiological Protection in Brachytherapy

This Task Group (TG) will compile an ICRP publication related specifically to staff radiological protection in Brachytherapy. ICRP-97, ICRP-98, and ICRP-105 previously addressed radiological protection principles for patients, but there is a need for relevant and practical recommendations for staff radiological protection in Brachytherapy. While external beam radiation therapy results in minimal (or no) occupational doses with an appropriately shielded facility, Brachytherapy uniquely presents the possibility for doses that require active management. In modern Brachytherapy centers, radiation doses are incurred by staff (e.g., loading of seeds, plaques, cesium implants, associated fluoroscopy). There also exists large variation in the practice of Brachytherapy on a global scale and several facilities still practice older techniques with significantly higher staff dose potential (e.g., radium use, iridium wires). In addition, technological developments and newer techniques present new staff protection concerns that need to be addressed with specific recommendations for the practicing medical community. The target audience will be clinicians, staff, medical physicists, radiation protection officers, and the regulatory authorities.


Dr Lawrence T. Dauer 
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center , USA


William Small 
Curriculum Vitae


Prof Jean-Marc Cosset 
Institut Curie, France
Beth Erickson 

Business Address
Medical College of Wisconsin
Department of Radiation Oncology
8701 W. Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53226
Dr Luis V. Pinillos-Ashton 
Instituto de Enfermedades Neoplásicas, Peru
Bruce Thomadsen 
University of Wisconsin, USA

Corresponding Members

Dr Mario R Baeza 
Instituto de Radiomedicina (IRAM), Chile
Ferran Guedea 
Christine Haie-Meder 
Dr Catrin Koch 
OKG NPP, Sweden
Richard Pötter