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ICRP

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.

Chair

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

Members

Professor Jean-Marc Cosset 
Institut Curie, France
 
Beth Erickson 
USA

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 
Spain
 
Christine Haie-Meder 
France
 
Richard Pötter 
Austria