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Safety guidelines for radiolocalised sentinel node resection

  • N. Nugent
  • A. D. K. Hill
  • M. Casey
  • L. Kelly
  • B. Dijkstra
  • C. D. Collins
  • E. W. McDermott
  • N. O’Higgins
Original Paper

Abstract

Background

Sentinel node radiolocalisation procedures are associated with low levels of radiation exposure. Radioactive material is present in the operating theatre and pathology laboratory. In most hospitals there are no official regulations in place for sentinel node radiation exposure.

Aim

To establish guidelines on the safety of sentinel node mapping with emphasis on the management of radioisotopes.

Methods

The current literature regarding sentinel node procedures and radiation safety was reviewed. EU and US radiation safety regulations were scrutinised.

Results

Personnel involved in sentinel node procedures are exposed to low levels of radiation. These levels are not high enough to require designated radiation workers in the theatre and pathology laboratory. Awareness of radiation safety and certain precautions during the procedure and processing of the specimen can further reduce levels of exposure.

Conclusion

Although low levels of radiation exposure are associated with sentinel node procedures, awareness of radiation safety and adherence to regulations, along with close interdepartmental co-operation, are recommended for further reduction in radiation exposure and safe application of this technique.

Keywords

Sentinel Node Sentinel Node Biopsy Government Printing Federal Regulation Radiation Safety 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Nugent
    • 3
  • A. D. K. Hill
    • 3
  • M. Casey
    • 1
  • L. Kelly
    • 3
  • B. Dijkstra
    • 3
  • C. D. Collins
    • 2
  • E. W. McDermott
    • 3
  • N. O’Higgins
    • 3
  1. 1.University Departments of Surgery, Clinical Engineering and PhysicsSt Vincent’s University HospitalDublinIreland
  2. 2.University Departments of Surgery, and RadiologySt Vincent’s University HospitalDublinIreland
  3. 3.St Vincent’s University HospitalDublinIreland

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