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BNMS Generic Guidelines
BNMS Generic Guidelines

BNMS Report Nuclear Medicine is a thriving and evolving specialty where technological advances such as hybrid imaging and new diagnostic and therapeutic agents are leading to improved diagnostic and therapeutic outcomes. As technology becomes increasingly complex, strong scientific support for the service is essential to ensure quality, safety and regulatory compliance. The purpose of this paper is:

To highlight the knowledge and skills required to act as a physicist within a Nuclear Medicine service and act as a key duty holder under the relevant legislation

 

To describe the functions provided by physicists within Nuclear Medicine

To provide indicative numbers of staffing for small and large organisations and describe the risk associated with inadequate support

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Author Claire Greaves, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

The purpose of these guidelines is to promote the provision of a high quality Nuclear Medicine service. This will include aspects of effectiveness, safety and timeliness.

Version 4.1

Last revised 2016

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Click here for guidelines for the provision of radiopharmacy to nuclear medicine - the report of a Joint Working Group of the British Institute of Radiology, the British Nuclear Medicine Society and the UK Radiopharmacy Group.

Click here for guidelines for the provisions of physics support to nuclear medicine - the report of a Joint Working Group of the British Institute of Radiology, the British Nuclear Medicine Society and Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine.

Click here for the results of a survey of the role of the UK physicist in nuclear medicine - the report of a Joint Working Group of the British Institute of Radiology, the British Nuclear Medicine Society and Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine.

Please note: At the time of writing, these documents reflected current UK practice. However, practice does change and therefore some aspects of the guidance may be superceded before the document's review date..

The aim of this document is to provide a standardised questionnaire as part of the gammaprobe procurement process. It can be used to enable matching of the system features andallows the user requirements to be objectively assessed. It will also help those purchaserswho have had no experience in the purchase of gamma probes. See also the document “Guidelines on User Evaluation and Selection of IntraoperativeGamma Probes” (UK Probe Working Group).

Version 1, Issued October 2004

Prepared by the UK Gamma Probe Working Group

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This is intended as a guide to users who are purchasing intraoperative gamma probesystems, aimed mainly at institutions having little or no previous experience in theevaluation, purchase and use of such systems. Publication of this document by the UKGamma Probe Group has been prompted by the planned national introduction of thesentinel node biopsy procedure into the management of Breast Cancer within the UK (1).

This document is intended to provide some assistance in this process, outlining key criteriaagainst which the user may evaluate systems marketed for this application and make anappropriate selection from their findings. A technical specification questionnaire documentis also available for use in the purchase process.

Version 1, Issued October 2004. Prepared by the UK Gamma Probe Working Group.

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