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Tips For Designing The Testing Room For Nuclear Medicine

by Antonin Fontai

Nuclear medicine is an important field that is used for diagnosing problems with patients' bones, as well as with their renal systems and with their lungs. However, because nuclear radiation is being used, it's also important to make sure that both the doctor and the patient are protected as much as possible during the process. One way to make this protection much easier is to set up the room in a way that will be conducive to ensuring that protection is easy and accessible. Here are some nuclear medicine testing-room design tips. 

1. Choose a Large Room 

When it comes to nuclear medicine, space is one of the best forms of defense. Not only does the extra space allow for people to get away from the nuclear radiation, but it also ensures that any nuclear shielding materials that might be needed will easily fit within the room. A large room will also keep the patients away from the staff in case that they might expose each other to the radiation. Minimizing the number of people exposed to the radiation is important in keeping the risks of nuclear medicine low.

2. Make Sure That You Have a Small, Adjacent Room Where the Patient Can Wait

You are going to need to make sure that you give the patient time to have the radiation wear off before he or she comes in contact with other patients that have not been exposed. As a result, you will need a comfortable set of chairs and magazines in the far corner of the room, or a small, separate room that is adjacent to the testing room. This will allow you to keep the patient near the testing room without him or her having too many complaints. 

3. Set Up the Equipment So That the Walls Are Not Blocking Shielding

Finally, you are going to want to have shielding all around the testing pod or slab. Nuclear shielding is more effective the closer it is to the nuclear source. If you set up the equipment so that it is too close to the walls, then it's going to be impossible to add the shielding around it. To avoid this problem, simply allow at least a foot or two between the walls and the equipment when you are setting up.

For more information, talk to a company that specializes in nuclear shielding. They will be able to provide you with further room design tips.