The use of ionizing radiation in medicine is well established, and has resulted in tremendous benefit to humankind in diagnosing and treating diseases. While the medical benefits are unquestionable, there has been growing evidence of unintended and unnecessary use of radiation in medicine, creating the need for radiation protection principles.
The IAEA was requested by its General Conference in 1999 to organize an international conference on radiation protection of patients. This conference was held in March 2001 in Malaga, Spain, and triggered an international action plan that is guiding international efforts in patient protection. This created momentum in radiation protection of patients globally.
Considering trends and developments, the IAEA decided to hold its second conference on radiation protection in medicine in 2012 in Bonn, Germany. The conference aimed to focus efforts in this area and develop a strategy for the next decade so as to maximize the positive impact of future international work. This resulted in the Bonn Call for Action.
During the five years following the Bonn conference, a number of initiatives have been taken by professional societies to form regional radiation protection campaigns. An increasing number of articles are appearing in journals in the area of patient, occupational and public medical radiation protection. There are also technological advances in imaging, therapy and dosimetry equipment with a focus on radiation protection.
Nearly five years after the Bonn conference, there is a need to assess the progress of implementation of the Bonn Call for Action and apprise Member States of advances in the field. The IAEA has decided to hold the next conference on this topic at its Headquarters in Vienna from 11 to 15 December 2017.
IAEA Scientific Secretary:
Mr Ola Holmberg
Head, Radiation Protection of Patients Unit
Radiation Safety and Monitoring Section
Department of Nuclear Safety and Security
Tel.: +43 1 2600 22718
IAEA Administration and Organization:
Ms Martina Khaelss
Conference Services Section
Division of Conference and Document Services
Department of Management
Tel.: +43 1 2600 21315