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ArcoNuc: minimizes radiation exposure of radiopharmaceuticals - arcomed
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ArcoNuc Coming soon Based on current user needs regarding radiation protection within the nuclear medicine environment, arcomed has developed an innovative device that minimizes radiation exposure during preparation and administration of radiopharmaceuticals. Ionizing radiation can present a significant health hazard. It causes microscopic damage to living tissue, which can result in skin burns and radiation sickness at high levels of exposure, and statistically elevated risks of cancer at low levels. The International Committee on Radiation Protection (ICRP) and International Commission on Radiation Units and Measurements (ICRU) have published recommendations and data which are used to calculate the biological effects on the human body and set regulatory and guidance limits. Nowadays many hospitals use automated dose dispensers which avoid the need for manual preparation but not manual administration. The preparation, administration and time spent with the patient after the injection are all exposure risks. The whole body dose is generally received over the course of the entire procedure, whereas extremity doses are mainly received during steps involving handling of the radiopharmaceutical.