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Radiation protection in an animal research unit with pet: Occupational doses and dose rates produced by animals

Título de la revista: Radiation Measurements
ISSN: 1350-4487
Volumen: 46
Número: 11
Páginas: 1307 - 1309
Fecha de publicación: 2011
This study focuses on the occupational doses of technologists working at an Animal Research Unit using PET radiotracers and on the environmental dose rates produced by the animals (mice, rats and monkeys). In particular, whole body and extremity monitoring is reported and related with the workload. The study shows that doses not only depend on the amount of activity injected but also on the type of animals and radiotracers managed. The extremities, with a great variability of the doses received, are the limiting organs as far as regulatory dose limits for workers are concerned. Mean H¿(10) rates in contact and at 20 cm from the animals, when they are handled by the technologist, range from around 1 mSv/h to 20 ¿Sv/h, respectively.