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Ionizing radiation has been used in medicine for more than a century and has proven to be an essential component of modern medical diagnosis and treatment. The technology has made much progress in the past decades, in X-ray imaging through the development of digital and computerized technology, in nuclear medicine through the introduction of novel radioisotopes and techniques, and in radiotherapy through sophisticated computerized treatment planning and novel techniques for more precise delivery of the radiation to the tumour.

At the same time, ionizing radiation is a cause of concern because the exposure of the human body may cause health detriment. At present, the overall population exposure due to medical procedures hugely exceeds any other man-made exposure. The protection of the patients and other individuals exposed in medical practice, is therefore one of a main priority task for the European Commission under the Health and Safety Chapter of the Euratom Treaty.

Forthcoming events  

30 May-2 June 2014, Varna, Bulgaria
International Conference on Radiation Protection in Medicine RPM 2014 
Abstract submission deadline: January 30, 2014!


22/12: Radiation Protection N° 180 Medical Radiation Exposure of the European Population (Part 1) pdf - 5 MB [5 MB] - Diagnostic Reference Levels in Thirty-six European Countries (Part 2) pdf - 3 MB [3 MB] has been published

13/03: PiDRL - European Diagnostic Reference Levels for Paediatric Imaging project has been launched: The PiDRL brings together a highly qualified team of radiologists, medical physicists and radiographers with the objective to agree on a methodology for establishing and using DRLs for paediatric imaging and update and extend the existing European DRLsAll available translations. pdf. This 27-month project was contracted in December 2013 to a consortium led by the European Society of Radiology.

26/02: Radiation Protection N° 175 "Guidelines on Radiation Protection Education and Training of Medical Professionals in the European Union" pdf - 2 MB [2 MB] has been published

25/02 - Radiation Protection N° 174 "European Guidelines on Medical Physics Expert" pdf - 604 KB [604 KB] has been published

12/02 - Radiation Protection N° 178 "Referral Guidelines for Medical Imaging - Availability and Use in the European Union" pdf - 809 KB [809 KB] has been published