ICNIRP thanks all speakers and attendants for their participation and contribution !!
The International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) organized jointly with the World Health Organization (WHO) a workshop on “Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection in Medicine” in Bonn, Germany, on December 2, 2012. This workshop preceded the International Conference on Radiation Protection in Medicine focussing on “Setting the Scene for the Next Decade” organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and co-sponsored by WHO. On the same day and in parallell to the ICNIRP/WHO workshop, a WHO Workshop on Radiation Risk Communication in Paediatric Imaging also took place from 9am to 5pm.
The workshop on “NIR in Medicine” covered medical as well as cosmetic applications from all frequency ranges of the non-ionizing electromagnetic spectrum as well as ultrasound. The benefit from NIR use in medicine, such as MRI for diagnostic and interventional imaging, was well recognized, especially in view of the alternative use of ionizing radiation. However, while a key aspect of ionizing radiation protection is optimization through dose reduction, the development of NIR technologies still focuses on image quality improvements without consideration of the ever increasing exposure levels for both health care workers and patients. Also the increasing use of NIR applications such as ultrasound and intense pulsed light (IPL) for cosmetic and wellness business by lay persons call for a closer look at health and safety aspects.
The workshop reviewed the current status of radiation protection as well as trends in development, identify gaps in knowledge of possible health effects and address patient as well as medical staff safety.
This ICNIRP/WHO workshop was hosted by the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. Participation in the workshop is free.