Radiological protection and the exposure of animals as patients in veterinary medicine

Pentreath, RJ 2016 Radiological protection and the exposure of animals as patients in veterinary medicine. Journal of Radiological Protection, 36 (2). N42-N45.

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It is apparent that most of the techniques that make use of ionising radiation in human medical practices are now being applied in veterinary medicine. Steps are being taken by the IAEA to provide guidance for humans involved in such practices, but there appears to be no international initiative that considers the protection or welfare of the animal as a patient. There is therefore a risk that the deliberate exposure of an animal, particularly in the therapeutic application of radiation, could do more harm than good. In the light of recent developments in dosimetric modelling and the application of known effects of radiation on different types of animals, for the purposes of the protection of biota in an environmental context, it is argued that it would be sensible now to start a serious consideration of this issue. Some suggestions are made with regard to a number of areas that could be considered further, both specifically and with regard to the field of radiological protection as a whole.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Additional Keywords: animals; patients; veterinary medicine
Subjects: Health
Divisions: Plymouth Marine Laboratory > Other (PML)
Depositing User: Mrs Julia Crocker
Date made live: 29 Jul 2016 14:32
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2020 09:57

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