January 27, 2016

ACR Urges NRC to Accept Advanced Tech Dosimeters

Led by its Commission on Medical Physics-Government Relations Committee, the American College of Radiology (ACR), submitted comments Jan. 23 in support of a petition for rulemaking filed with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to allow advanced technology dosimeters for occupational dose monitoring.

While the petition was originally filed by the industrial radiography community, the NRC signaled that it could expand the petition’s applicability to other regulated domains under the agency’s oversight. Moreover, state regulatory agencies could then apply NRC’s future response to all occupational domains under state jurisdiction — and not only limit it to nuclear materials licensees.

Therefore, the ACR supported the spirit of the petition to ensure advanced technology dosimeters could continue to be leveraged in both NRC states and Agreement States by all medical stakeholders who wish to use them for occupational dose monitoring.

The ACR noted in its comments that advanced technology dosimeters improve occupational dose monitoring by recording the date/time of exposures, providing multiple nondestructive readouts of dose without needing to return the devices for processing, allowing reassignment to other users and generating better compliance by the medical professionals who wear them.